Dozens of Afghan refugees headed for Alaska resettlement

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Dozens of Afghan refugees will be resettled in Alaska over the next six months.

    Up to 100 refugees will come to Alaska starting in September with resettlement continuing through March.

    Catholic Social Services Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services described the refugees as being in vulnerable populations, such as children, women and the elderly.

    Many worked for the U.S. government or the military in Afghanistan in positions like translators.

    The refugees include individuals and families.

    They will work with program staff in several areas like employment and English-language skills after arriving in Anchorage.

    A vast majority are expected to remain in the state's largest city.

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