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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 UNHCR ... reports that there are more than 59.5 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.

Rigorous Security Screening of Refugees

Refugee Admissions


In FY 2014 (October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014), the U.S. received 69,986 refugees, 19,075 of which were resettlement by USCCB/MRS (27%).

For FY 2015, President Obama set the admissions at 70,000 refugees. For more information, see the FY 2015 Presidential Determination and Proposed Refugee Admissions for FY 2015 Report to Congress.

FY 2016 admissions planning is well underway. For background information, read the latest Mission report from the Bishops and USCCB/MRS staff which called attention to the current Refugee crisis in Syria.

Fiscal Year

Presidential
Determination

Actual
U.S. Arrivals

MRS
Resettlement

2014

70,000

69,986
19,075 (27%)

2013

70,000

69,926

22,646 (32%)

2012

70,000

58,238

21,075 (36%)

2011

80,000

60,191

18,094 (32%)

2010

80,000

73,311

20,823 (28%)

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