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Refugees

 

Refugees are individuals who have fled their countries of origin and who meet the United Nations’ criteria of having a “well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.” The 2009 World Refugee Survey reports that there are more than 14 million refugees worldwide.

Each year the President of the United States authorizes the admission of a certain number of refugees into the country. This determination is based on a consultative process between Congress, the President and various federal agencies. In recent years, the U.S. has accepted between 50,000 to 75,000 refugees per year. Before admission to the U.S., each refugee undergoes an extensive interviewing, screening and security clearance process.

Refugee Admissions


In FY 2010 (October 1, 2009 – September 30, 2010), the U.S. received 73,311 refugees, of which USCCB/MRS resettled 20,823 (28%).

For FY 2011, President Obama set the admissions ceiling at 80,000 refugees. For more information, see the FY 2011 Presidential Determination and Proposed Refugee Admissions for FY 2011 Report to Congress.

FY 2012 admissions planning is well underway. Read the testimony Anastasia Brown, Director of Resettlement Services gave on behalf of USCCB/MRS at the FY 2012 Refugee Admission’s Hearing. USCCB/MRS called attention to several vulnerable populations in need of a durable solution, namely resettlement. Of particular concern to USCCB are the Rohingya Burmese in Bangladesh, Chin Burmese in India, Somalis in Kenya, Colombians in Central and South America, Iraqis in the Middle East, Haitians, and unaccompanied refugee minors.

Fiscal Year

Presidential
Determination

Actual
U.S. Arrivals

MRS
Resettlement

2011

80,000



2010

80,000

73,311

20,823 (28%)

2009

80,000

74,654

22,514 (30%)

2008

80,000

60,191

18,062 (30%)

2007

70,000

48,282

13,631 (28%)

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