US authorities will pay $2,000 to each Afghan refugee
The U.S. Presidential Administration and 200 private organizations are going to pay each refugee from Afghanistan $2275. This money should help evacuated Afghans with housing, food, and sending children to school. Also, refugees can be provided with benefits, including health insurance. In mid-August the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, this was preceded by the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country after nearly 20 years of presence.
A U.S. State Department spokesman told Bloomberg that a program of material support for Afghan refugees would be launched within the next few months. The White House said about 123,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan to various countries since late July, including about 6,000 Americans.
Specifically, the U.S. has received about 40,000 people evacuated from Afghanistan. Among them, 31,600 have special immigrant visas or are applying for them. Some major companies have already volunteered to help refugees. In particular, a service for finding short-term accommodation Airbnb said it could temporarily accommodate 20,000 Afghans. The Walmart chain of stores pledged $1 million to three non-profit organizations that help those who fled the Islamic republic.
In addition to housing and food, the newcomers from Afghanistan must also get a job, so they can provide for themselves in the future. To that end, Houston-based medical technology manufacturer Texas Medical Technology has agreed to employ about 100 refugees.
"The demand is there. We need workers, so we're open to refugees," Sean Rybar, co-owner of the company, told the agency.
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