The United States evacuated about 65,000 refugees out of Afghanistan last month as the Taliban took over Kabul and most of Afghanistan. Many of those refugees are being dispersed throughout the U.S., including almost 2,000 people here in Oklahoma. They were originally expected to arrive in the Sooner State as soon as early September, but delays in screenings have pushed back that timeline.
Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma tell us they anticipate the refugees will arrive in the state around the second week of October.
The Department of Homeland Security said 1,850 refugees are coming to Oklahoma, meaning the state is taking in the third-highest number of people in the country, only surpassed by Texas and California.
Deacon Kevin Sartorius with Catholic Charities said in past instances of Oklahoma taking in refugees, the measure has been very successful.