Around 5,000 individuals were given protected status by the United States government in 2014 when an Ebola epidemic hit West Africa. Many immigrants fled to Minnesota, U.S.A. where they could legally work until the Ebola outbreak was contained. Now, the West African nations have been declared Ebola free, and these persons are losing their temporary immigrants status in the U.S.
Many people do not believe it is completely safe for these immigrants to go back home to West Africa. The executive director of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota said that these West African Countries are unstable and suffering as a result of combatting the crisis. The executive director of African Immigrant Services in Minnesota agrees, stating that the immigrants’ reason for coming is still significant.
Our Verdict: It is important to consider recovery time for the countries that fought against a tragic epidemic. It is not clear how many people given protected status will be affected. For immigrants hoping to stay in the U.S. it may be necessary to explore other ways to make their stay in the U.S. both legal and permanent.