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Taking on the challenge of settling Afghan refugees in the Bay Area

Refugee and Immigrant Transitions
SF group helps Afghan refugees settle in the Bay

It’s been months since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. Thousands of Afghans were evacuated and are now making new homes in the U.S.

But it’s been difficult to resettle people here in the Bay Area, with the expensive cost of housing and living. In fact it’s something the US government has actually discouraged because of housing costs. The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration said as of September 13, 225 Afghan refugees resettled in the Bay Area, with 300 more expected to arrive. Local non profits are working to help the refugees settle and start their new lives.

Jane Pak is Co-Executive Director of Refugee and Immigrant Transitions Professor of Migration Studies at USF. I talked with her about the challenges they’re facing.

This interview was produced by Ellen Finn.

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Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ellen (she/her) has a background in oral history, communication studies, and music. For the past two years, she has worked as a homelessness case manager in South Minneapolis. As a social worker, she got to hear compelling stories from her clients every day and is driven to amplify personal narrative as a source of empowerment and change. In her free time she bikes, plays double bass, and does queer stuff.