Hochul: Albany could be one of several NY cities to welcome Afghan refugees

Albany could be one of several New York state cities to welcome Afghan refugees.

Gov. Hochul says up to 1,143 Afghan nationals could settle here over the next six months. That includes up to 100 people in Albany.

Hochul says the refugees could also end up in Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse and Utica.

The refugees were approved by the Department of Homeland Security. They can stay in the United States while seeking asylum or a more permanent immigration status.

The Bureau of Refugee Services will help the evacuees.