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JRS/USA Expresses Disappointment in Historically Low Resettlement Goal
September 17, 2018

JRS/USA Expresses Disappointment in Historically Low Resettlement Goal

JRS/USA expresses deep disappointment in the Administration’s recent announcement that it has set a level of 30,000 for the annual Presidential Determination for Refugee Admissions in Fiscal Year 2019. 

At a time when the world has more than 68 million refugees who are searching for peace and security, lowering the level of admissions to the U.S. will not only have a detrimental effect on thousands of individuals and families, but will also continue to weaken the leadership role that the U.S. has maintained in meeting the needs of suffering people around the world. 

According to the United Nations, global refugee resettlement has reached a 10 year low, in large part due to the reduced number of U.S. refugee admissions. Historically the U.S. has resettled an average of 85,000 refugees per year, yet only 20,918 have arrived in the U.S. in 2018. This is only 46 percent of the 45,000 Presidential Determination for Fiscal Year 2018. 

JRS/USA urges the Administration and Congress to work towards a more robust refugee admissions goal of at least 75,000 in Fiscal Year 2019. Since the inception of the modern resettlement program in 1980, the United States has been a world leader in promoting global peace and security by providing a pathway to safety for some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. 

“With the world’s refugee population at its highest in recorded history, now is not the time to abandon the U.S. resettlement program. As an organization working with, and advocating on behalf of, refugees around the world, we encourage our policymakers to support U.S. leadership in refugee resettlement and refugee assistance worldwide,” said Giulia McPherson, JRS/USA Director of Advocacy & Operations.

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