The Twin Cities host extra Ukrainian refugees than some other metropolitan space within the United States

Residents of the Twin Cities have taken in additional Ukrainian refugees than some other metropolitan space within the nation, in line with the nationwide refugee program Welcome.US.

Minnesotans have shaped about 1,500 advocacy teams to help Ukrainians making an attempt to construct a brand new life right here, mentioned Annie Nolte-Henning, director of Americas for Alight, a nonprofit that helps refugees as they transfer again.

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“It’s really to help them get settled in the first few months after they come to the United States, help them find temporary housing, get kids enrolled in school, make sure they’re signed up for public benefits and really just be a neighbor to Ukrainians who come here without connections, says Nolte-Henning.

About 14 million Ukrainians have fled the country or been displaced since Russia invaded in February, according to the United Nations. Many of those people have found refuge in Europe, but about 100,000 have come to the United States under the United for Ukraine program, which requires Ukrainians to have a local sponsor.

Minnesota as a whole is just behind California in the total number of Ukrainian refugees accepted, leading states with higher populations such as Texas and New York.

“Minnesota clearly has a really deep historical past of welcoming newcomers, from the Somali to the Hmong communities after which to the Afghan communities earlier this yr, and I feel we have seen how a lot these new communities enrich our tradition,” Nolte-Henning said . “I feel Minnesotans know that is one thing they should step up for, and it is not simple.”

Alight helps prepare individuals who need to sponsor refugees and connects them with Ukrainians in search of safety.

Refugee teams like Alight anticipate a rise in demand from extra refugees after the vacations. Russia has focused civilian infrastructure comparable to warmth and energy in Ukraine as very chilly winter climate arrives.

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