White House officials announced last week that Georgia will be taking in a total of 1,069 Afghan refugees escaping from the Taliban takeover of their home country.  Gov. Brian Kemp’s office has confirmed that number, and while state officials have pledged to ensure that all of the refugees are properly vetted before they are placed into local communities, that process is overseen by federal authorities.

In fact the state itself has little say in the refugee resettlement process, with federal officials handing off the baton to resettlement nonprofits once they are vetted and brought into Georgia.  The state does have a state refugee coordinator, overseeing a division of the Department of Human Services, to help refugees “become self-reliant to meet their basic needs, within the shortest possible period.” 

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