The Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte tells News 13 Afghan refugees have started arriving in Asheville with 11 already in the city as of Monday, Oct. 25.
Last month we told you that Asheville is one of several cities across the state and country taking in refugees.
In total, the mountain area will receive 40 of the 1,169 Afghan refugees coming to the state.
Other cities welcoming refugees include Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, New Bern and Raleigh.© Provided by WLOS Asheville/Greenville
Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte is the main organization coordinating the refugees move to the mountains.
A Catholic Charities spokesperson added that beyond the 40 Afghan refugees coming to Asheville there are 150 additional refugees coming from other countries, which according to that spokesperson is more than years past.
Catholic Charities said the Afghan refugees include men, women and children. They've cleared a variety of health, security and background screenings by the U.S. government. All evacuees are being tested for COVID-19 and other communicable diseases and are offered vaccines and being placed in quarantine as needed.
An attorney for the North Carolina Justice Center said this group of refugees is being legally classified differently than other refugees. Melo added that some of them are special immigrant visa holders which means they've worked with the U.S. military in a certain capacity. He said the rest are categorized under humanitarian parole which is not the same as refugee status.
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