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Biden administration plans private refugee sponsorship program
Ultimately, the program would aim to allow private citizens to identify refugees on their own and resettle them
New model to enlist regular Americans to resettle refugees
Since the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Kabul last year, the Sponsor Circle Program for Afghans has helped over 600 Afghans restart their lives. When Russia invaded Ukraine, a similar effort was undertaken for Ukrainians.
Now the Biden administration is preparing to turn the experiment into a private-sponsorship program for refugees admitted through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and is asking organizations to team up with it to launch a pilot program by the end of 2022.
A new model to help refugees built for Afghans, adapts to support Ukrainians
The program allows any group of five or more individual adults to support a refugee's temporary resettlement in the United States, a job traditionally performed by a handful of well-established resettlement agencies.
Community Sponsorship Hub, Refugee Welcome Collective, Welcome.US Launch Sponsorship Training to Help More Americans Welcome Refugees
New online tool for community sponsorship programs will create opportunities for sponsoring newcomers through a streamlined, interactive, user-friendly way.
America’s Refugee Revolution
How Ordinary Citizens Are Taking the Lead in Resettling Newcomers
Innovative Sponsor Circle Program expanded to welcome Ukrainians
The Ordinary Americans Resettling Migrants Fleeing War
After Trump eviscerated the refugee-resettlement system, the government was unprepared for the large numbers of Afghans displaced by their country’s collapse. A new program lets civilians step up to help.
The State Department Makes It Easier for Anyone to Help Resettle Refugees
Because refugee resettlement agencies are stretched thin, the U.S. is testing a new approach. Groups of regular people are sponsoring Afghan refugees in communities where they've rarely gone before.