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Number of Afghan Refugees Coming To Massachusetts More Than Twice The Initial Mark

January 25, 2022

Massachusetts was expected to receive about 900 refugees from Afghanistan in the aftermath of the 20-year war in the country that ended with the Taliban regaining control over it.

Now, however, that number has changed. By the end of next month, Massachusetts is expected to receive about 2,000 people to be settled in the state, according to The Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Jeffrey Thielman, president and chief executive officer of the International Institute of New England, said that increased demand has led to the higher mark.

“This has been the most intense period of resettlement that we’ve ever experienced,” Thiean told the paper. “We are all these people have when they first arrive, so the demand is very intense.”


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