U.S. housing 20,000 Afghan evacuees in 5 states, with another 40,000 overseas

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U.S. housing 20,000 Afghan evacuees in 5 states, with another 40,000 overseas
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U.S. housing 20,000 Afghan evacuees in 5 states, with another 40,000 overseas
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The U.S. government was housing nearly 20,000 Afghan refugees at military installations in five states as of Wednesday morning, while another 40,000 evacuees remained at bases overseas awaiting processing, according to internal federal data reviewed by CBS News.

These figures, which have not been previously reported, provide more detail on the whereabouts of a portion of the approximately 124,000 people the Biden administration said it airlifted from Kabul in the past few weeks.

Eight military sites in Virginia, Wisconsin, New Mexico, New Jersey and Indiana have been tasked with temporarily housing Afghan refugees, including those who aided the U.S. war effort and other at-risk evacuees. Collectively, the sites can house approximately 32,000 evacuees, but officials have been instructed to expand that capacity to 50,000 spots by September 15.

Before reaching the U.S., evacuated Afghans have been taken to U.S. and NATO bases in Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Spain and Italy that can currently accommodate just under 61,000 people. Those chosen to be relocated to the U.S. have been completing security screening at these sites.

Military bases in Qatar and Germany were housing the most evacuees on Wednesday morning, hosting approximately 11,600 and 15,700 refugees, respectively. There were more than 270 unaccompanied children at the overseas evacuee sites as of Wednesday morning, including at Qatar’s Camp As Sayliyah and nearby facilities, according to the federal data.

You can read the rest of Camilo Montoya Galvez, Bo Erickson, Christina Ruffini and Eleanor Watson’s article at CBSnews.com

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