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

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 23, 2022) — Right this moment Gov. Spencer J. Cox kicked off ”Afghan Day on the Hill” by asserting 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 stay is a important want for Afghans constructing a brand new life in Utah. Our purpose is to have everybody housed by the tip of March.”

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

“The Afghans now in Utah have been important allies to the U.S. authorities in Afghanistan they usually convey a bunch of skills, skills and life expertise to our labor pressure,” 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 an exquisite addition in filling a lot wanted vacancies within the state.”

A number of payments working their approach by means of the legislature will assist assist Afghan arrivals together with H.B. 163, which would supply entry to translation so Afghans can acquire their driver’s license, a software that may affect their choices for employment and common 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 as a consequence of case measurement fluctuation (the variety of individuals arriving in a bunch), individuals with connections to Utah selecting to resettle right here and walk-ins who make their strategy to Utah on their very own. Gov. Cox urged anybody with housing availability to ship a message to 

Be taught extra about wants and alternatives for assist at:

Utah Refugee Companies Workplace

Catholic Group Companies of Utah 

Worldwide Rescue Committee

Obtain a duplicate of this press launch right here.