Northwest Arkansas braces for Ukrainian refugees

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Canopy NWA, a local resettlement organization, is ready to welcome Ukrainian refugees.

Executive Director Joanna Krause said there are still a lot of unknowns when it comes to resettling Ukrainian refugees in northwest Arkansas.

“Canopy is ready,” Krause said. “We don’t know yet how many people will come to this community.”

President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the United States would welcome 100,000 Ukrainian refugees.

“There are many different channels, but we’re still waiting to find out what that might look like,” Krause said.

Krause said the process of bringing refugees to the United States is different for everyone, but it starts with a thorough vetting process.

“That includes security screens, that includes medical checks to make sure someone can come to the United States safely,” Krause said.

Once they arrive in northwest Arkansas, Canopy NWA will help refugees settle, enroll their children in school, and find job opportunities.

To prepare for refugees from Ukraine and those from around the world, Canopy NWA is putting together teams of co-sponsors to welcome new neighbors into the community. You can find out more about the program here.

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