IRIS CT assisting Afghans fleeing from their homeland


(WTNH) – For many Afghans trying to flee their homeland, they are now refugees. Tens of thousands are now in need of assistance as they resettle here in the United States and abroad.

The New Haven-based organization IRIS is a big part of that effort.

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Executive Director Chris George joined News 8 to talk about what they’re facing right now.

“We’ve welcome about 500 people from Afghanistan over the past five years, but what is new and a big challenge is the numbers. Normally, we welcome five families a month. I think over the next three months, it could be 25 families a month that are coming. We’re ready right now. We’ve had outreach to immigration services. I think they notified us 50 to 75 Afghans could be ready to come relatively soon,” George said.

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