Afghan refugees Chicago: After war in Afghanistan, over 500 to settle in the area

CHICAGO (WLS) – More than 500 refugees from Afghanistan are expected to relocate to Chicago in the coming months.

Seventeen councilors recently sent a letter to President Joe Biden welcoming these future residents, saying in part, “Chicago has long been a safe haven for refugees escaping war and political violence.”

The letter went on to say “in recognition of their victims by working with our troops, diplomats and partner organizations, we invite Afghan refugees to join us in Chicago, to share our homes and to build something bigger together.”

More organizations will help these refugees with the transition to a new country, new city and a new culture.


“It’s been a very tumultuous journey,” said Susan Sperry, CEO of World Relief Chicago. “Imagine literally your entire world being overturned overnight. and hours on evacuation flights. They ‘have been separated from family members or they have had to make intolerable decisions while fleeing. “

Lea Tienou-Gustafson is Director of Refugee and Immigrant Community Services at Heartland Alliance.

“I think Chicago is a great place for Afghan refugees to come because there is already a strong and supportive and welcoming community here. Organizations like Heartland, World Relief, we have resettled and welcomed Afghans for years, and so on. “there is an established community mostly on the North Side and northern suburbs. And they have been extremely gracious partners in helping to welcome these people who are coming right now,” she said.

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And there are other ways for other people to help, Sperry said.
“All resettlement organizations would welcome financial partnership these days. We are looking for all housing for the people who come, the families who come. So if you are a landlord or know of housing for rent, we would very much like to hear from you,” she said.


“We have a moral obligation as a society to welcome these people,” Tienou-Gustafson added. “Many of the people who are still in Afghanistan are people who worked directly in support of the US military and worked hand in hand with the US government, and so it is really our duty to welcome them here and do so. a way that is fully accommodating. “


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