Gov. Cox provides an update on Afghan arrivals to kick off ‘Afghan Day on the Hill’


SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 23, 2022) — At this time Gov. Spencer J. Cox kicked off ”Afghan Day on the Hill” by saying that just about the entire 900 Afghans assigned to Utah for resettlement have arrived. He known as on Utahns to assist safe long-term housing for the ultimate 220 people which might require 50 models.

“We acknowledge the housing challenges being felt all through the state,” mentioned Gov. Cox. “We additionally know that having a protected and safe place to reside is a important want for Afghans constructing a brand new life in Utah. Our aim is to have everybody housed by the top of March.”

With the preliminary section of resettlement full, efforts will shift in direction of section two, which incorporates training, coaching and employment. Utah’s resettlement companies and the state’s Refugee Providers Workplace are collaborating to make sure households have what they want for youngsters to achieve success, together with homework assist and mentors. A number of the $1 million raised via the Utah Afghan Group Fund has already helped buy laptops and cellphones for brand spanking new households. 

“The Afghans now in Utah had been important allies to the U.S. authorities in Afghanistan and so they carry a bunch of abilities, skills and life expertise to our labor drive,” mentioned Gov. Cox. “They arrived in Utah with permission to work and we’re serving to them safe good jobs. They are going to be a beautiful addition in filling a lot wanted vacancies within the state.”

A number of payments working their manner via the legislature will assist help Afghan arrivals together with H.B. 163, which would offer entry to translation so Afghans can get hold of their driver’s license, a software that may impression their choices for employment and basic transportation. Gov. Cox counseled legislators for his or her willingness to tackle points impacting not solely Afghan arrivals but in addition refugees coming to the state.

Preliminary estimates for Afghan arrivals elevated to only over 900 on account of case dimension fluctuation (the variety of folks arriving in a bunch), folks with connections to Utah selecting to resettle right here and walk-ins who make their approach to Utah on their very own. Gov. Cox urged anybody with housing availability to ship a message to refugeehousing@utah.gov. 

Study extra about wants and alternatives for help at:

Utah Refugee Providers Workplace

Catholic Group Providers of Utah 

Worldwide Rescue Committee

Obtain a duplicate of this press launch right here.

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