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At least 107 Afghan refugees en route to Austin, with more arriving across Texas

Kabul International Airport was flooded with people trying to flee Afghanistan after the Taliban regained control. (Carl Montgomery/CC)

As the Taliban regains control of Afghanistan, thousands of refugees are expected to arrive in the U.S. in the coming weeks, including 324 who are en route to Texas, as chaos ensues.

A Refugee Services of Texas spokesperson told Austonia 107 Afghan individuals will relocate to Austin in the coming weeks, and at least 217 will be resettled through the organization's offices in Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth.

Around 30,000 refugees will resettle in the U.S., many of which will be temporarily housed at Fort Bliss in El Paso. Refugee Services resettled a family of seven in Austin over the weekend and expects at least four more families before the week is up.

Incoming refugees have already applied for special immigration visas, which qualifies them to be resettled. The organization will help refugees find apartments, jobs and schools. Incoming refugees will also undergo background checks, health and mental health screenings.

Afghanistan's collapse came on the heels of the announcement that the U.S. would withdraw troops by the end of the month after nearly 20 years in the country. According to the Associated Press, it's likely that the Taliban began the takeover because the U.S. is withdrawing. Many Afghan citizens fear that the Taliban will target those who worked with Americans or the government.

The Taliban began taking control of major cities, eventually taking control of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, leading to an onslaught of civilians and Americans abroad trying to flee the country by plane.


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