Most Afghans arriving in America are not strictly refugees. And that could be a big problem for them

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — When the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan provoked a humanitarian crisis, Philadelphia’s two major resettlement agencies decided to act together, big and bold: They would welcome 1,000 Afghans to new lives. If other places could consider accepting that many evacuees, then larger, more diverse Philadelphia could do the same. Then they found out how much financial support the federal government intended to provide. Resettling 1,000 people became impossible. The number dropped to 300. And even that has left HIAS Pennsylvania and Nationalities Service Center short about $1.5 million …

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