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Two Local Resettlement Agencies Address Biden's Proposed Asylum Ban

The Biden Administration’s proposed rule would ban people from seeking asylum in the U.S. if they do not apply for asylum in another country first or do not make an appointment with a Customs and Border office through a mobile application. Read more

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As Ukraine refugee crisis grows, volunteers and officials in Massachusetts prep for new arrivals

WCVB Chronicle - April 13, 2022

NEEDHAM, Mass. —

More than 4 million Ukrainians have fled their country since fighting broke out in February, and another 7 million have been displaced inside Ukraine.

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The first Ukrainian refugees arriving in Mass. will live in Westfield

Nirvani Williams, New England Public Media WBUR - April 7, 2022

A Ukrainian family was expected to arrive in Massachusetts Wednesday night as the first refugees to enter the state after Russia's invasion of the country. Read more

Senator Eldridge Makes Court Filing to Help Afghan Refugees

Senator Eldridge - April 5, 2022

Harvard, MA – State Senator Jamie Eldridge filed an amicus brief in Worcester Probate and Family Court in support of the town of Harvard’s interest to change the trust governing the Bromfield House, to allow the vacant historical house to be used for people to live in, so that Harvard can place some of the Afghan families living in Harvard there. 

The amicus brief strongly urges the Court to allow an Afghan refugee family to live in the vacant Bromfield House as part of the Town of Harvard’s initiative to secure housing for the Afghan refugee families still in need of housing. An amicus brief is known as a “friend of the court” brief where a non-party advocates for a particular court decision. 

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Refugee resettlement organizations prep for arrival of Ukrainians in Massachusetts

By AMY SOKOLOW Boston Herald - April 1, 2022

Refugee resettlement organizations across the state have begun preparations for welcoming some of the 100,000 Ukrainian refugees coming to the U.S., and some have already begun receiving inquiries. Read more

Massachusetts to welcome first Ukrainian refugees next week

CAI | By Patrick Flanary - March 30, 2022

First family is expected to arrive in West Springfield, six weeks into Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Massachusetts is preparing to welcome its first Ukrainian family of refugees next week.

Governor Charlie Baker says the state should be ready to resettle evacuees fleeing what the United Nations calls Europe's largest refugee crisis of the century.

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WES is joined by more than 165 organizations urging Congress to pass the Bridging the Gap for New Americans Act

World Education Services - March 24, 2022

Dear Members of Congress,

On behalf of more than 165 organizations, higher education institutions, and municipalities we write to express our support for the Bridging the Gap for New Americans Act. This bipartisan legislation calls upon the United States Department of Labor (DOL) to study the factors that impact the employment opportunities of immigrants and refugees who hold international credentials and to issue recommendations for reform.

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Preparing to welcome Ukrainian refugees in the commonwealth

WBUR - Tiziana Dearing and Franziska Monahan - March 9, 2022

It’s been less than two weeks since Russia began its violent invasion of Ukraine. In that time, as many as 2.2 million people — women and children mostly — have fled the country, according to the UN Refugee Agency.

The UN is calling it the fastest-growing refugee crisis on the continent since the Second World War. The Biden Administration has stated that the U.S. is prepared to take in refugees from Ukraine and has granted temporary protections to Ukrainians already in the US. But they haven't yet authorized new arrivals of refugees from Ukraine.

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Community organizations continue efforts to welcome refugees to the area

Sentinel Source - Molly Bolan - March 8, 2022

Six months after tens of thousands of Afghans fled their home country amid the withdrawal of U.S. forces and the Taliban’s takeover, some are beginning to put roots down in the Monadnock Region, with community volunteers collaborating to help ease the transition. Read more

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