NYC welcoming 240 Afghans out of over 1K settling in state over next 6 months

Evacuees from Afghanistan arrive inside the terminal at Hamad International Airport in Qatar's capital Doha on the first flight carrying foreigners out of the Afghan capital since the conclusion of the US withdrawal last month. Photo credit KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York is welcoming as many as 1,143 Afghan refugees across the state as they look to rebuild their lives in the United States, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday.

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Hochul said the U.S. Department of State’s Afghan Placement and Assistance Program informed the state of the number of evacuees to expect over the next six months.

That number includes about 240 refugees in the New York City area, along with 335 in Buffalo, 248 in Syracuse, 200 in Rochester, 100 in Albany and 20 in Utica. Some refugees have already arrived in the state.

"New York has a storied history of welcoming those seeking a safe haven from violence and persecution — a proud tradition our state continues today by helping evacuees from Afghanistan rebuild," Hochul said in a statement.

Hochul also proclaimed this week “Welcoming Week” across New York, and asked New Yorkers to embrace immigrants and refugees and their contributions to the state.