Vermont Approved To Welcome Up To 100 Afghan Refugees

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has been approved by federal authorities to welcome up to 100 Afghan refugees, Gov. Phil Scott said Thursday.

“We have a moral obligation to help the people of Afghanistan, who did so much to help us in the War on Terror,” Scott said in a news release. “In addition to this being the right thing to do, we know that welcoming more refugees also strengthens communities, schools, our workforce, culture and economy. I appreciate the federal government’s partnership in helping us welcome more families to Vermont.”

Scott said the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, a national nonprofit resettlement agency, was approved this week by the U.S. State Department to welcome the refugees. An exact timeline of their arrivals has not yet been established.

Tracy Dolan, the director of the State Refugee Office, said the refugees “are eager to find jobs and rebuild their lives."

Before they arrive in Vermont, Afghans will have completed medical and security screenings, and will be authorized to work.