Resettlement process for Afghan refugees is just beginning

Officials with resettlement agencies say providing housing will be a challenge

New Jersey’s Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is one of the military locations where service members are providing support for Afghan refugees, working with dozens of resettlement agencies to help the evacuees start a new life.

The resettlement agencies, like the International Rescue Committee, are poised to assist with things like housing, getting people into jobs, getting children enrolled in school, and making sure people know where to go to the doctor.

“Right now, we’re really waiting for the families that have been relocated to the U.S., or will be relocated to the U.S., to complete processing at U.S. government facilities before we start receiving them here in New Jersey,” said Alison Millan, Deputy Director of the International Rescue Committee, Elizabeth Office.

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