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Policy Brief: Ukrainians Fleeing Russia’s War Cut Off from U.S. Support

By USCRI October 10, 2023

Tens of thousands of Ukrainians have arrived in the United States since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022. As the war continues and Russian attacks on civilians escalate, Ukrainians continue to seek safety and protection in the United States on a daily basis.

However, the safety net available to Ukrainians arriving in the United States has been removed.

The recent deal to keep the federal government open through mid-November did not include language to extend support to newly arriving Ukrainians.

This means that many Ukrainians arriving after September 30 will not be able to access federal welfare benefits or resettlement services.  Resettlement agencies and Ukrainian groups worry the ramifications will appear swiftly—as arrangements between Ukrainians and their U.S.-based sponsors are rocked by the lack of support.

In this brief Policy Analyst Daniel Salazar analyzes benefits eligibility for Ukrainian humanitarian parolees. It draws upon interviews and discussions with representatives from the Ukrainian community and domestic resettlement agencies.

Click here to read the full Policy & Advocacy Report by USCRI.

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