U.S COMMITTEE FOR REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS
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Ukrainians Left in Limbo by Congress’ Failure to Act

By USCRI March 8, 2024

ARLINGTON, Virginia — Since the spring of 2022, Iryna Tkachenko has worked to welcome Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion. As a refugee resettlement agency case manager in Cleveland, she meets with Ukrainians who have arrived in the area. She helps Ukrainians sign up for English classes, advises them on enrolling their children in school, and gets them connected to other services.

Tkachenko arrived in the United States from Ukraine in 2016, so she draws on her own experiences when she works with newly arriving Ukrainian families settling in the community.

But for the last several months, she and other resettlement staff around the country have been in the extraordinarily difficult position of turning Ukrainians away.

Ukrainians fleeing the war are not refugees under U.S. law. Arriving Ukrainians have largely been granted parole, a temporary status to enter and stay in the United States.

 

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