The last Afghan refugees leave Quantico | Securities
The last of 5,000 Afghan refugees left Camp Upshur at Marine Corps Base Quantico, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.
It was not immediately clear whether the refugees had all been resettled or had been moved to other military bases. At the end of November, officials said about 2,000 refugees remained in Quantico.
Quantico began providing temporary accommodation for refugees in late August, as thousands of people arrived from Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover and the withdrawal of US troops. The refugees were staying at Camp Upshur in the most northwestern corner of the military base, near the Nokesville area of ââPrince William County.
Quantico was one of the many military bases that provided temporary accommodation for what is known as Operation Allies Welcome. The base also provided support services while the refugees were treated for resettlement in the United States.
By the end of November, around 4,000 refugees had been resettled in Virginia, and thousands more are expected to resettle there over the next nine months.
“The Defense Ministry was proud to make these temporary accommodation and services available to Afghans relocated to Task Force Quantico,” the ministry said in a press release. “The life-saving support provided was in line with international standards for supporting vulnerable populations, including resettled Afghans.”