900 Afghan Refugees Expected To Be Housed In Massachusetts


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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – Hundreds of evacuees from Afghanistan are expected to be rehomed in Massachusetts.

On Wednesday, the Biden administration began notifying governors and state refugee coordinators across the country of how many evacuees their state could expected.

Among the first group of nearly 37,000 arrivals, Massachusetts is expected to house up to 900 refugees.

Massachusetts, according to Governor Charlie Baker's office, will coordinate with the federal government and local nonprofits that serve refugees, including The Massachusetts Immigration & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA).

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MIRA has a wingspan that encompasses about 140 smaller groups that work to help immigrants.

Spokesperson Daniel Pereira said they are working collectively to welcome and help the refugees, who will mostly wind up in and around Boston.

"There’s also a significant portion who may go to Worcester, who may go to the north shore/Lowell area or on the south shore as well."

Pereira said these people, who left Afghanistan with very little on short notice, need short and term housing, food, clothing. 

He is happy to see state action stirring, with the work underway to figure out what this group people needs. 

WBZ’s Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) has more:

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