Group seeks 100,000 sponsors in US for Ukrainian refugees

A nonprofit group that coordinated aid for Afghan refugees in the United States is launching a new effort to recruit 100,000 American residents to sponsor Ukrainian refugees.

The big picture: Welcome.US is spearheading the effort as the Biden administration on Thursday announced the “United for Ukraine” program that will allow Ukrainian citizens to apply for humanitarian parole.

  • To be eligible for humanitarian parole, Ukrainians must have lived in Ukraine as of February 11, 2022, have a sponsor in the United States, complete vaccinations and other public health requirements, and pass “rigorous” screenings and security checks. according to a DHS press release.
  • The recruiting campaign will be mainly funded by $3.6 million from the Goldman Sachs gives funds. More than 60 partners, including service organizations and Ukrainian-American groups, are joining forces to spread the word.

Details: Under this plan, Americans interested in sponsoring a Ukrainian family can register on ukraine.welcome.us from April 25.

  • Sponsors can offer to temporarily open their homes to newcomers through Airbnb.org or donate to Airbnb.org to help cover temporary housing costs.
  • People can also donate airline miles via Miles4Migrants or buy necessary items for the refugees.

What they say : “We look forward to helping mobilize and support the many Americans who want to do more for Ukrainians and others seeking refuge,” said Nazanin Ash, CEO of Welcome.US.

  • Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon, a member of the Welcome.US CEO Councilsaid in a statement that his team “felt responsible for taking action” to help Ukrainians forced to flee their homes and that “we will continue to support the Ukrainian people in this hour of need.”

Background: Around 5 million people have fled Ukraine in the nearly two months since Russia launched its full-scale invasion, a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees tracker found.

  • The UN refugee agency has called the exodus Europe’s fastest-growing refugee crisis since World War II.
  • About 2.8 million Ukrainian refugees as of April 19 have gone to Poland – the most of any other country, according to the tracker.
  • Just under 760,000 fled to Romania.

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