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What's Next for Afghan Refugees?

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Since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, the U.S. government evacuated thousands of Americans and Afghans from the country over a frantic two-week period that was chaotic and deadly for more than a dozen American military personnel and more Afghans.

Thousands of Afghans in various stages of applying for immigrant visas, refugee status, or humanitarian protection have been flown to other countries for further processing and some have arrived in the United States. But what is next for these people? How will they be screened and vetted? How will they continue their immigration cases? How long will they remain on military bases in the United States or abroad?

Join us for a discussion with former government officials, national security experts, and national and state refugee resettlement representatives, to discuss what we know, what we don’t yet know, and what will be needed for the next phase of life for those who helped us in Afghanistan.

Featured Participants

Panel discussion with:

Tracy Dolan
Director, Vermont State Refugee Office

Mark Greenberg
Fmr. Acting Assistant Secretary, the Administration for Children and Families, HHS; Sr. Fellow, Migration Policy Institute

Camille Mackler
Executive Director, Immigrant ARC; Sr. Visiting Fellow, Truman Center for National Policy

Anne Richard
Fmr. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration

Krish O’Mara Vignarajah
President and CEO, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)

Moderated by:

Theresa Brown
Managing Director of Immigration and Cross-Border Policy, BPC

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