Jesuit Refugee Service/ USA Concerned About Low Refugee Admission Numbers

27 September 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the Administration announced that the annual Presidential Determination (PD) for Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2020 will be 18,000. This is the third reduction in three years and the lowest number of refugees to be resettled in the U.S. since the modern resettlement program began in 1980.

The refugee resettlement program provides a critical lifeline to the most vulnerable refugees, many of whom are living in perilous conditions or have specific needs that can’t be met in their host country. With global displacement figures at a record high – more than 70 million forcibly displaced persons reported at the end of 2018 – the need for resettlement is even greater.

“The U.S. must deepen its commitment to addressing the world’s worst humanitarian crises by offering refuge to those who need it most. By abdicating its role as a leader in refugee resettlement, the U.S. is turning its back on children and families waiting for an opportunity to rebuild their lives and contribute to their communities,” said Joan Rosenhauer, Executive Director at JRS/USA.

As an international Catholic organization, we affirm the inherent dignity of every person and the right of refugees to seek security and safety for themselves and their families. We acknowledge the many benefits that refugees from all backgrounds bring to their new communities and stand in solidarity with them as they strive to maintain hope in the midst of trauma and despair.