ALBANY (WENY) – Gov. Kathy Hochul announced New York State is prepared to welcome the arrival of Afghan refugees.
In a press release Wednesday, Gov. Hochul said she’s excited to continue New York’s proud tradition of “welcoming those who are fleeing prosecution of war.”
“As the world watches the instability in Afghanistan unfold, New York is stepping up to once again serve as a beacon of hope and refuge,” she said. “The richness of culture and community that refugees and immigrants bring to our state is beyond measure, and the message to the world in no uncertain terms is that our state is committed to helping those who seek shelter on our shores.”
Overseen by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the state’s Refugee Services and Office for New Americans will resettle those newly arriving and help them transition to life in New York. The program helps refugees achieve economic and social self-sufficiency, as well as providing proper foster care.
New Yorkers seeking to support incoming Afghans can contact the ONA hotline at 1-800-566-7636. The number will also be available for immigrants in need of confidential assistance, support and services.
Between Oct. 2020 and July 2021, 458 refugees resettled throughout the state; that number includes 140 Afghans and an additional 83 individuals on an immigrant visa, most of whom were from Afghanistan.
During Federal Fiscal Year 2021, New York assisted 1,320 refugees and special immigrant visa holders with resettling in the state.