BOSTON (CBS) – The first Afghan refugees arrived in Massachusetts this week.
The governor’s office said a family of three arrived on Friday.
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Massachusetts is pleased to welcome the first family of Afghan evacuees to the Commonwealth and looks forward to working with the federal government and local nonprofits serving these populations as more evacuees arrive in the weeks. and the months to come, ”the governor’s office said in a statement. declaration.
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Officials say the family is working with a local non-profit resettlement agency on the next steps.
According to State Department data for the Afghan Placement and Assistance program obtained by the Associated Press, approximately 900 evacuees will be brought to Massachusetts.
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More evacuees are expected to arrive in the coming weeks and months. Baker’s office says it will continue to coordinate with the federal government and relevant Commonwealth nonprofits that serve these populations.