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President Biden Raises Annual Refugee Admissions Cap to 62,500 for FY2021

President Biden signed an executive order (Presidential Determination No. 2021–06) to raise the cap of 15,000 refugees set by the Trump administration to 62,500 — the figure his administration set forth in February. He also reinforced his goal of 125,000 refugees for the fiscal year that starts in October 2021.


President Biden provided that “It is important to take this action to remove any lingering doubt in the minds of refugees around the world who have suffered so much, and who are anxiously waiting for their new lives to begin.” President Biden further stated that “The United States Refugee Admissions Program embodies America’s commitment to protect the most vulnerable, and to stand as a beacon of liberty and refuge to the world.”

The 2021 allocations set forth in section (b) of PD 2021–05 from February have been adjusted as follows: Africa ............................................... 22,000 East Asia ........................................... 6,000 Europe and Central Asia ................. 4,000 Latin America and the Caribbean ... 5,000 Near East and South Asia ............... 13,000 Unallocated Reserve ....................... 12,500






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