Biden Authorizes $100M in Emergency Funds for Afghan Refugees

Such assistance may be provided on a bilateral or multilateral basis as appropriate, the White House says.

US President Joe Biden on Friday authorized $100 million from an emergency fund to meet “unexpected urgent” refugee needs as a result of the situation in Afghanistan, including for Afghan special immigration visa applicants, the White House said in a statement.

“Such assistance may be provided on a bilateral or multilateral basis as appropriate, including through contributions to international organizations and through funding to other nongovernmental organizations, governments, and United States departments and agencies,” the White House said.

The United States is preparing to begin evacuating thousands of Afghan applicants for special immigration visas who risk retaliation from Taliban insurgents because they worked for the US forces in Afghanistan.

The first group of evacuees and their families is expected to be flown before the end of the month to a US military base in Virginia.

The visa program is available to Afghans who worked as interpreters or in other jobs for the US forces in Afghanistan since 2001.

On Thursday, the US House of Representatives approved a plan to allow an extra 8,000 special immigration visas for Afghans who worked with the US forces in Afghanistan.

Biden Authorizes $100M in Emergency Funds for Afghan Refugees