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    Michigan groups prepare to resettle Afghan refugees


    Michigan’s refugee resettlement organizations are preparing to help at-risk Afghans as dramatic evacuations out of their country grow increasingly perilous and President Biden on Sunday said it remained “a dangerous operation.” 

    Afghans have been fleeing their country in ascene that has captured international attention as the Taliban took control of the country in the past week. Many Afghans who have helped Americans in the 20-year war have sought asylum, fearful of the Taliban’s rule.

    “Michigan has been an incredibly welcoming state, and we’re grateful that we’re able to serve refugees and our Afghan allies in partnership with the community,” said Nate Bult, senior vice president of public and government affairs at Grand Rapids-based Bethany Christian Services.

    The organizations said they don’t know how many refugees they’ll be getting or when they will arrive. Samaritas said they are evaluating communities where the Afghan refugees might go. They are looking at public and private offerings, access to transportation and affordable housing.

    Bethany is one of a handful of organizations preparing to meet the likely tens of thousands of Afghan refugees who will come to the U.S. The organizations are increasing staffing, looking for community partners, more funds and attempting to secure housing.

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