Washington: The White House stated that US President Joe Biden authorized the use of up to $100 million on Friday to resolve immigration emergencies related to the situation in Afghanistan.
The statement said that the money will come from the Emergency Refugee and Immigration Assistance Fund, “used to meet unexpected emergency refugee and immigration needs, conflict victims and other people at risk due to the situation in Afghanistan.”
The funds will also support those who apply for the State Department’s Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program, according to which approximately 20,000 Afghans worked as interpreters in the United States during the war in the country. They are now worried about retaliation by the Taliban insurgents and have applied Evacuate.
The statement added that these funds can be distributed on a bilateral and multilateral basis through donations or funding to international organizations, non-governmental organizations, governments and US institutions.
In recent months, the Taliban have used the final phase of the U.S. withdrawal to be completed at the end of August to launch a full-scale offensive in Afghanistan and raise concerns about a potential humanitarian crisis.
The United Nations recently estimated that half of the 39 million people in Afghanistan need assistance and called on the international community to continue to provide financial support to the country.