The White House is working to speed up Afghan resettlement, as at least 12,500 are still at military bases

One day after US forces complete their troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, refugees board a bus that takes them to a treatment center upon their arrival at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia, on September 1, 2021.

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Nearly six months after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, thousands of refugees fleeing the country are still living at U.S. military bases while awaiting visas to find permanent residence and work.

As of this week, 10,000 Afghans live at several military bases around the United States, according to data obtained by CNBC and verified by the Department of Homeland Security. About 2,500 live at U.S. military bases abroad, including in Qatar.

On Monday, the emir of Qatar visits the White House to discuss plans to repatriate Afghan refugees to the United States

“There’s more work to be done, and that’s why we are exploring a range of innovations to streamline the resettlement process and eliminate redundancies, while maintaining robust health and screening and control processes that protect our homeland and American communities. a spokesman for It tells the National Security Council to CNBC.

Congress has allocated $ 13 billion to Operation Allies Welcome so far, according to a White House official. Approximately 65,000 Afghans who have arrived in the United States have moved from bases and resettled permanently in communities.

President Joe Biden and the Qatari Amir will also discuss separate plans to redirect natural gas reserves to Europe.

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