VOA Immigration Weekly Recap, 20-26 November

Editor’s note: Here’s a look at this week’s US immigration news. Questions? tips? Comments? Email the VOA Immigration Team: [email protected]

Afghan refugees celebrate the first Thanksgiving in Pennsylvania

Judith Samkoff needed a bigger dining table for Thanksgiving this year.

The 65-year-old Harrisburg, Pennsylvania resident was helping relocate an Afghan refugee family of eight, and since this is her first vacation to the United States, Samkoff invited her to her father and sister’s home for Thanksgiving.

One of Samkoff’s guests is Hadia, a 24-year-old Afghan refugee whose family fled Afghanistan in November 2021. VOA’s immigration reporter Aline Barros knows more.

New refugees celebrate first Thanksgiving in the US

Refugees from around the world resettled in the Washington area came together to celebrate their first Thanksgiving in the United States. VOA’s Shahnaz Nafees has the story.

“Kite Runner” actor and double fugitive

Afghan actor Ali Danish Bakhtyari who played the role of an orphan in the 2007 film kite runnerHe has fled Taliban rule in his homeland twice: first in the late 1990s, then in 2021 when the US withdrew its troops from Afghanistan. Keith Kocinski got the story from New York.

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Rights Group accuses Turkey of mass deportations from Afghanistan

US-based Human Rights Watch accuses Turkish authorities of carrying out mass deportations of Afghan refugees, including the most vulnerable. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul for VOA.

EU ministers endorse new migrant plan after dispute between France and Italy

European home ministers on Friday welcomed an EU plan to better coordinate the treatment of migrant arrivals after a heated dispute erupted between Italy and France over a lifeboat for refugees. Reported by Agence France-Presse.

The inside story – cause of death: migrant workers and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Thousands of migrant workers died in Qatar building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup. VOA’s Heather Murdock takes you to Nepal where families are asking, ‘Why is nobody taking responsibility?’ on The inside story: cause of death, migrant workers and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Chinese refugees in Italy wary of outposts in Beijing

According to experts, Chinese refugees in Italy, some of whom are dissidents, are increasingly suspicious of the presence of four outposts of Beijing’s security apparatus operating without official diplomatic trappings. Allen Giovanni Ai reports for VOA News.

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is extending the filing fee waiver and expediting application processing for certain Afghan nationals.

‚ÄúThese actions will help Afghan nationals settle in the United States and, in many cases, reunite with their families by enabling USCIS to more quickly process their applications for work permits, long-term status, immediate relative status, and related services to edit.”