Biden authorizes $100 million in emergency funds for Afghan refugees

Radio Pakistan  |  Jul 24, 2021

U.S. President Joe Biden has authorized up to 100 million dollars from an emergency fund to meet unexpected urgent refugee needs stemming from the situation in Afghanistan, including for Afghan special immigration visa applicants.

In a statement, the White House said that such assistance may be provided on a bilateral or multilateral basis as appropriate, including through contributions to international organizations and through funding to other nongovernmental organizations, governments, and United States departments and agencies.

The funds will also support those applying for the Special Immigrant Visas, under which some 20,000 Afghans who worked as interpreters for the United States during its war in the country and now fear retribution from Taliban insurgents have applied for evacuation.

 

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