Hamilton, of the International Institute, laid out a scenario where his organization could resettle as many as 1,200 Afghans in the next fiscal year, nearly double the amount it has accepted since 2010. That would also be a substantial addition to the existing population, which members of the community said could number in the low thousands.
He cautioned that the final number will depend on how quickly the federal government gets through a backlog of refugee applications, and said it may fall shy of 1,000.
But the institute will likely have its hands full either way.
Hamilton said workers are already getting far less notice of arrivals than usual. Sometimes they have fewer than 24 hours to prepare transportation and housing before a refugee and family land at the airport.
It has also become harder to get refugees into apartments or homes with rent and real estate costs rising.
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“For some families, we have to find a place with three to four bedrooms that’s moderately priced, and that’s not easy given the stock available,” Hamilton said.
Help may be on the way, though.
In their statement Tuesday, Jones and Page said they have been working with public and private groups to “build capacity and mobilize the necessary resources to attract, welcome, and resettle new families to this community.”
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