ON MIGRATION | New model to enlist regular Americans to resettle refugees

September 26, 2022

Since the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Kabul last year, the Sponsor Circle Program for Afghans has helped over 600 Afghans restart their lives. The Biden administration is preparing to turn the experiment into a private-sponsorship program for refugees admitted through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and is asking organizations [and individuals] to team up with it to launch a pilot program by the end of 2022.

Source: New model to enlist regular Americans to resettle refugees, by JULIE WATSON and AMY TAXIN, Associated Press,

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