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Supporting Afghan Parolees, a Funder Briefing

October 20th, 2021
1:00PM to 2:15PM
Zoom - information to be emailed
Grantmaker, Philanthropic Advisor
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In August of this year, Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, prompting hundreds of thousands of Afghans to become displaced. It is expected that around 1,000 of these displaced people will be relocated to Massachusetts, likely to Lowell, Springfield, and Worcester.

Because of the need to evacuate people quickly, programs like Special Immigrant Visas or Priority-2 Refugee Status was not open to these individuals and they have, instead, entered the United States as Humanitarian Parolees. With this status, Afghans in the States will be protected from deportation and allowed to apply for work authorization. They will receive a one-time payment from the government. However, the Afghan Parolees are not guaranteed access to government benefits and refugee resettlement agencies will rely heavily on private donations to provide support to parolees.

Join fellow funders as we discuss the policies and practices at play in this current context, the light this current situation sheds on U.S. policy towards welcoming new arrivals to this country and philanthropy's role in supporting the Afghan parolees and the communities where they will be settled. We will hear from several stakeholders in Worcester to learn how players in that city are embarking on meeting the needs of parolees.

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