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Bullet policy, statements · Sep 24, 2021

Societies, Higher Education Groups Urge Congress to Support Afghan Students and Scholars

AIBS has joined a group of 41 scientific societies and higher education associations in asking lawmakers to provide support and legislation to assist students and scholars who have been displaced by the current crisis in Afghanistan.

“While we and our institutions continue to support efforts to safely evacuate Afghan students and scholars who face danger under the Taliban, we are also starting to discuss how to offer longer-term assistance for those displaced by the crisis,” the groups note. “Many of our institutions want to help and are offering support to those seeking to continue their education and begin their new lives. This includes raising scholarship funds for displaced students, placing scholars in U.S. graduate programs, and developing creative options for students seeking to transfer credits from Afghanistan institutions who may have destroyed their records.”

The letter encourages Congress to provide additional support for displaced students and scholars seeking to study and continue their academic careers in the United States and enumerates specific ways Congress could support this effort through future legislation.

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