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U.S. Afghan Resettlements Slowed by Housing Shortage, Old Technology

The move to relocate the first wave of Afghan evacuees brought to the United States is likely to take months longer than initially expected due to measles scare a nationwide housing shortage and delays in paperwork have slowed the process, according to government and relocation officials familiar with the effort.

According to Defense Department officials and volunteers involved in the operations, the original aim was to relocate the evacuees by the end of the year, if not sooner. But earlier this month officials began telling volunteer groups that they would likely be needed until March or longer. “There’s no way we’re through until Christmas,” said a defense officer.