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The County of San Diego has been helping refugees evacuated from Afghanistan since August, and with today’s announcement by President Joe Biden that the United States will accept 100,000 Ukrainian refugees, Chair Nathan Fletcher released the following statement:    

“Our County has time and again stepped up to help refugees and this time is no different,” said Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “Together with Los Angeles and Sacramento, we are the largest metropolitan regions in California expected to accept these refugees.”    

“Recognizing that the County may start receiving refugees from Ukraine, I want to be clear that we stand ready to continue to work with our Resettlement Agency partners to welcome them into our communities.”

Services available to refugees may include Reception and Placement Services, Refugee health screenings, public benefits (CalWORKs, CalFresh, Refugee Cash Assistance, Medical), Refugee Employment Services, and Vocational English-as-a-Second Language.

With President Joe Biden’s Administration announcement the United States will welcome 100,000 Ukrainians fleeing the war, the County of San Diego’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs will continue to work closely with State and Federal agencies to ensure that those refugees coming to San Diego have the needed support to succeed.

NOTE: San Diego County has assisted Ukrainian Asylum Seekers crossing into the country from Mexico.