North Carolina will soon be home to more than 1,000 Afghan refugees. According to a new report from Axios, this is part of a resettlement project as the country falls under Taliban rule.
There are countless connections between North Carolina and Afghanistan since it has a couple of the largest military bases in the country. They will receive assistance from groups and individuals, who will facilitate the search for housing, work, and other necessities.
According to Axios, nearly every state Wednesday told Axios that there was 100% percent agreement to take in refugees, adding, “I have to say it was a very warm conversation with state and local leaders.”
Only areas not slated to receive anyone from the first group of evacuees:
• South Dakota
• West Virginia
“It’s been really amazing to see all the North Carolinians who’ve stepped forward with kindness and compassion,” says Carla West, senior director for economic security for NCDHHS’ Division of Social Services.
Afghan evacuees undergo a security vetting process that is coordinated by the Department of Homeland Security. Additionally, every evacuee who comes to the United States undergoes a health screening. In order to remain eligible for humanitarian parole, evacuees at least 12 years old are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
The nearly 1,200 refugees coming to N.C. add up to the 9th most among the 46 states that will receive them. Only California (5,300) and Texas (4,500) will welcome dramatically more. This data comes from the Department of State.