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While we are grateful for measures Congress has taken to address the pandemic, refugees face unique challenges that were not taken into consideration in previous legislation. We urge Senators, especially, to take up the next COVID-19 package and include meaningful solutions that support all our neighbors, including refugee community members.
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The President has officially set the refugee admissions goal for fiscal year 2021 at 15,000–the lowest admissions in the 40-year history of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. The administration has also moved away from allocating populations based on geographic need or vulnerability, which makes it less likely that 15,000 refugees will actually be resettled.
For nearly four decades, the annual goal has averaged 95,000 refugees. Today, there are 29.6 million refugees worldwide—but refugees are…