WES Statement on Crisis in Afghanistan

NEW YORK, NY—(August 19, 2021) WES is deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan. Thousands of Afghans have been forced to flee their homes, and the fate of many who remain is uncertain.

WES welcomes the efforts of governments around the world to expedite special migration pathways. We urge the U.S. and Canadian governments to ensure the safety and well-being of Afghans, particularly those who are most vulnerable to persecution. We stand with our global partners who are working to ensure the evacuation and resettlement of refugees.

Given our mission to support the global mobility of all people, including those forcibly displaced, WES has an obligation to act. We are determining how WES can best help in this moment and will share an update as soon as we can on how we are directing resources to organizations that are working to meet the needs of Afghan refugees.