WASHINGTON, D.C. — The one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine offers a stark reminder of the need for the U.S. to offer welcome to Ukrainians and others fleeing danger.
The Biden administration has helped support and temporarily resettle tens of thousands of Ukrainians, including through Uniting for Ukraine (U4U). But there’s an opportunity to do more for Ukrainians and others, including Afghans.
“Many Ukrainians, and tens of thousands of our Afghan allies and their families, face looming deadlines upon which their temporary protections in the U.S. will expire,” said Jennie Murray, President and CEO of the National Immigration Forum. “Congress and the Biden administration must step up efforts to offer permanence to resettled Afghans and Ukrainians. No one should wonder whether they could be forced to return to countries where danger remains imminent, and displacement is likely to continue.
“More broadly, the administration and Congress must continue to rebuild a robust refugee resettlement that strengthens integration efforts and partnerships locally, regionally and globally.”
Forum experts are available to speak about Ukrainian and Afghan resettlement efforts. Contact Dan Gordon.