How Does Permission to Work Policy Facilitate Afghan Evacuees’ Employment Outcomes in the United States?

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Early Career Research Award


In August 2021, nearly 3.5 million Afghan people were forced to flee their country within a matter of a few days upon the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. The United States has accepted many Afghan evacuees, and the US Department of Justice has issued employment authorizations. The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of the permission to work policy on evacuees’ employment outcomes. This qualitative study explores the lived experiences of recent Afghan evacuees as they secure employment upon receiving work authorization in the United States.