Afghan Support Program tours nation in hopes of drawing refugees to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — To bring more Afghan refugees to the region, Afghan Support Program officials have been traveling to cities around the U.S. to educate refugees and immigrants about St. Louis in hopes of them moving.

What You Need To Know

  • The Afghan Support Program, managed under the International Institute of St. Louis (IISTL), started more than a year ago with a purpose to meet the needs of Afghan refugees who are building a new life in St. Louis

  • While speaking with refugees and immigrants in other citites, program officials compare and contrast their current city to St. Louis in terms of cost of living, established communities and more

  • Since the launch, the community center has been a place for classes such as a business startup seminar, permit and driver’s license classes, an empowering women's workshop and more

  • Thanks to a $1.7 million grant, Bilingual International Assistant Services will have staff operating out of the Afghan community center to provide mental health and other services to Afghan refugees and survivors of combat

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