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    Up to 1,300 Afghans to be resettled in Michigan, state says

    Up to 1,300 Afghan allies and nationals are expected to be resettled in Michigan in the coming months, according to state and nonprofit officials. 

    The figure was reached among Michigan resettlement agencies in consultation with the state Office of Global Michigan, housed within the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, spokeswoman Erica Quealy said Friday. 

    In West Michigan, the Grand Rapids-based Bethany Christian Services said it’s planningto help resettle 250 Afghan allies and refugees in the near future.

    St. Vincent’s Catholic Charities Refugee Services, based in Lansing, will be receiving 300 Afghans,Judi Harris, director of St. Vincent’s refugee services, told The Detroit News on Friday. 

    That’s in addition to the 350 Afghans that the Detroit-based Samaritas is anticipating helping to resettle in the coming months, the group said last week.

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