US Targets 125,000 Refugees Under New Sponsorship Program | Asharq AL-awsat (“Welcome Corps”)

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken described the Welcome Corps program as “the boldest innovation in refugee resettlement in four decades.”

 

The Welcome Corps will build on Americans’ generosity of spirit by creating a durable program for Americans in communities across the country to privately sponsor refugees from around the world.

 

Under the program, any American can privately sponsor a refugee in the United States without obtaining approvals through associations, non-governmental organizations, and complex logistical operations.

 

In the first year of Welcome Corps, the Department of State will seek to mobilize 10,000 Americans to step forward as private sponsors and offer a welcoming hand to at least 5,000 refugees.

 

Groups of at least five individual American citizens or permanent resident adults will be able to apply to the Welcome Corps to sponsor the resettlement of refugees in the US privately.

Source: US Targets 125,000 Refugees Under New Sponsorship Program | Asharq AL-awsat