Audio: International Institute preparing for influx of Afghanistan refugees to Missouri

International Institute of St. Louis website

The International Institute of St. Louis is one of 19 sites selected across the U.S. to receive refugees from Afghanistan, after the fall of that country now that U.S. troops have pulled out.

The organization has dealt with refugee needs for many decades, but this case is much more demanding says Arrey Obenson the president and CEO of the institute.



The federal government gives refugees three months to get settled, get a house, and get a job. International Institute helps them with that, and Obenson says the St. Louis area has been, he says, *phenomenal* in helping out.



St. Louis is slated to get 1,400 refugees from Afghanistan, and they will be transferred within a day’s notice from various military bases.