Afghans Arriving in Utah

Since early August 2021, the U.S. has evacuated more than 65,000 Afghans from Afghanistan as the situation with the Taliban quickly deteriorated. This group includes Afghans who worked alongside the U.S. and its allies as translators and interpreters and in other critical roles.

Utah has been approved to resettle 765 Afghan evacuees in addition to refugees from around the world who will come to the state over the coming year. Many of these Afghans received humanitarian parole to enter the U.S. because of their vulnerabilities. Until they have asylee status or the law changes, they will rely on the community for support, rather than the federal funding that provides for other refugees.

How to help

We are grateful for the support of Governor Spencer J. Cox and the generous outpouring from community members interested in helping. To assist with current needs, including housing, and ongoing refugee resettlement, please support Utah’s resettlement agencies:

Donate to the Afghan Community Fund

IRC and CCS provide initial resettlement services to newly arrived refugees, including picking them up at the airport, providing housing, furniture and food, initial orientation and additional services. Their support is ongoing for the first three months and in some cases up to six months. They will also be the agencies receiving Afghan arrivals.

The Refugee Services Office (RSO) through the state of Utah provides funding for case management support for up to two years, which is provided by IRC and CCS. Refugees can access services funded through the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR in the Office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). The Refugee Services Office manages the distribution of funding, which pays for English language learning, support to schools, youth mentoring and medical support. The Refugee Services Office also offers refugees access to training and education, employment and career assistance, support for refugee community organizations, a gathering place at the Utah Refugee Center and licensed clinical social workers for ongoing mental health assistance. The Utah Refugee Center also provides walk-in support for any services refugees might need.

Contact RSO at refugeeoffice@utah.gov or 801-618-5096.