Joint base NJ housing has been demolished/Where are the refugees?

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Thousands of refugees from Afghanistan who had been housed in Burlington County have apparently been resettled, but it remains unclear where.

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst posted on Facebook that the so-called “Liberty Village” was being dismantled.

This is the name given to the temporary unit built to house up to 13,000 Afghans and prepare them for resettlement.

Refugees began arriving last August and were sent to a tent city erected on a former parade ground in Fort Dix.

The establishment offered a variety of services including medical care, a dining hall, sports and recreational facilities and even a beauty salon.

“We continue to help Afghan guests transition to the United States,” the Facebook post reads, “The memories and bonds created here will last a lifetime with the Afghan people as well as the military involved. “

Many of those who arrived in New Jersey had supported the US mission and forces in Afghanistan for the past 20 years.

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Refugees were able to ask to be sent to places where they had close friends or relatives. The White House had tried to speed up efforts to move them off military bases and into these areas.

The administration has informed the governor of the number of families they can expect to receive. Despite the thousands of people housed in New Jersey, The Associated Press reported in September that only 535 families were expected to make the Garden State their permanent home.

Neither the Biden administration nor Governor Murphy’s office provided an update.

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