Refugees

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Canopy of Northwest Arkansas, the state's only resettlement agency began recieving Afghan evacuees in October of 2021. Joanna Krause, the agency's executive director, says they have onboarded at least one new arrival each week since then. 

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Farid Noori, with MTB Afghanistan, talks to us about the work the nonprofit is conducting to evaucate cyclists, mostly women, from Afghanistan.

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Canopy of Northwest Arkansas, a local resettlement agency, is preparing to intake 49 Afghan refugees as soon as mid-October. Governor Asa Hutchinson announced last week that the state would receive nearly 100 evacuees from Afghanistan, the other half will be resettled in central Arkansas by Catholic Charities.  

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Canopy of Northwest Arkansas is readying to welcome a small number of Afghan families and Special Immigrant Visa holders in the wake the withdraw of U.S. forces from the country and subesquent Taliban takeover of the capital city. We also hear from an Afghan immigrant now living in northwest Arkansas. 

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For Khalid Ahmadzai, who moved to Arkansas from Afghanistan in 2010, watching the Taliban retake his home country from afar has been a "hopeless" experience. He gives his reaction to this week's events in Afghanistan and explains how Arkansans can help support refugees. 

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Canopy of Northwest Arkansas, the state's only refugee resettment agency, has started a 13-week entrepreneurship program to train and mentor aspiring refugee and immigrant business owners in the region. The free program, helps entrepreurs develop a business model and identify funding opportunities.  

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The Biden Administration plans to reopen America to more international refugees seeking asylum from war-torn nations, as well as those fleeing political and religious persecution. That's after the Trump Administration vastly reduced their numbers. Joanna Krause, executive director of Fayetteville-based refugee resettlement agency Canopy NWA, says she and her staff have begun to prepare for more arrivals. Volunteers and donations are always welcome. 

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Forge Community Loan Fund, based in Huntsville, has partnered with refugee resettlement agency, Canopy Northwest Arkansas, to enable refugees to capitalize small business startups. We meet Canopy’s first Forge client, Eca Mukandama, a refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo, who is opening an auto sales and repair shop in south Fayetteville.

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President Trump is expanding travel restrictions to the U.S. to seven more nations, according to a White House statement issued on Friday. Emily Crane Linn, executive director of Canopy Northwest Arkansas, says the expanded travel restrictions will indirectly affect resettled U.S. refugee families here.

 

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Last September, President Trump ordered states to formally declare agreements to resettle refugees that have fled war-torn regions or political and religious persecution. In late December, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson opted in. We get reaction from Emily Crane Linn, founder of the state's lead resettlement agency, Canopy of Northwest Arkansas

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