The U.S. will receive thousands of Afghan refugees before the military withdraws
The administration of US President Joe Biden is expanding its efforts to get Afghan citizens at risk to leave Afghanistan because Taliban violence intensified before the withdrawal of US troops at the end of this month.
This move followed Ottawa promises to resettle more Afghans Interpreters and other workers who helped the Canadian Armed Forces during the war are now in danger of being killed by the resurrected Taliban.
On Monday, the U.S. State Department said it was expanding the range of Afghans eligible for refugee status in the United States to include current and former employees of U.S. news agencies, U.S. aid and development agencies, and other relief organizations that receive funds from the United States. Washington.
The plan also includes current and former U.S. government employees and NATO military operations that do not meet the criteria of such a worker-specific plan.
Canadian Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino and his cabinet colleagues announced on July 23 the launch of a new resettlement plan for interpreters, chefs, drivers, cleaners, and construction workers working with the armed forces , Security guards and local employees working at the Canadian Embassy in Afghanistan, as well as their families.
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During the war, Afghan interpreters helped the Canadian army connect with local leaders, translate dialogues and build trust in the local area.
The goal of the United States is a “peaceful” Afghanistan
In the United States, the State Department stated that “thousands” of Afghans and their immediate family members will now have the opportunity to resettle permanently as refugees. It did not give a specific number of people who might be eligible to participate in the program.
“The goal of the United States is still a peaceful and safe Afghanistan,” the department said in a statement. “However, in view of the intensification of Taliban violence, the US government is working hard to provide some Afghans, including those who have worked with the United States, the opportunity to resettle refugees to the United States.”
The Priority 2 category was created for Afghans in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program to help people who “may be at risk due to their U.S. relationship” but cannot obtain a special immigrant visa (SIV) because they did not directly work for the U.S. government or I have been working for the government long enough.
Approximately 20,000 Afghans expressed interest in the project.