At least 33 major companies in the United States have vowed to hire and train Afghan refugees arriving in the country following the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to the Tent Partnership for Refugees.
Approximately 60,000 people evacuated from Afghanistan since Aug. 17 have arrived in the U.S., many having little to no resources after leaving their country — now controlled by the militant Taliban . Several companies, including Facebook, Amazon, UPS, and Pfizer, have partnered with the Tent Coalition for Refugees to help find work for thousands of displaced refugees.
“I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: The moment a refugee gets a job, it’s the moment they stop being a refugee,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, the founder of the coalition and CEO of food company Chobani.
Pfizer said it plans to hire an unspecified number of Afghan refugees, according to CEO Albert Bourla. Amazon also said it would offer refugees jobs in the company’s warehouses or transportation hubs in tech and corporate roles.
“It’s the moment they can stand on their own two feet. It’s the moment they can make new friends. It’s the moment they can start a new life,” Ulukaya said.
Of the 60,000 refugees who’ve been transported by the U.S. thus far, a small, undisclosed portion have been denied entry while being screened in the Middle East or Europe or on U.S. soil.
President Joe Biden’s administration airlifted 124,000 people from Afghanistan this summer. However, the Department of Homeland Security revealed on Tuesday that just 3% of the 60,000 brought to the U.S. are Afghan Special Immigrant Visa holders, which includes interpreters.