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Afghan Refugees Starting to Leave Military Bases Across the U.S.

Monday, November 1st, 2021 -- 12:01 PM

(WMTV) Afghan refugees are starting to leave military bases across the United States, and state officials say the moves will ramp up in the coming weeks.

According to the Jewish Social Services of Madison, one of the six refugee resettlement agencies in Wisconsin, 850 refugees will settle down in Wisconsin. Fifty of them will be in Madison.

Other destinations in the state are Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wausau and the Fox Valley area, according to the Department of Children and Families, which operates the state’s refugee programs.

Secretary Emilie Amundson said that many Afghans at the Fort McCoy army base were interested in staying in Wisconsin, even though Afghan communities are not as “robust” here as they are in enclaves in other parts of the country.

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