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Trump Administration Announces New Refugee Policy

On October 1 the Trump administration announced a new proposal to limit U.S refugee admissions to 15,000 for fiscal year 2021. That number would represent a record low, down from a ceiling of 18,000 this fiscal year.

The actual number of refugees admitted tends to fall below the announced ceiling. This year only 11,000 refugees were admitted – also a record low.

Under previous administrations, the US accepted more refugees annually than all other nations combined. As the chart below demonstrates, refugee admissions have now decreased every year since 2017.


In addition to reducing the admissions ceiling, the federal government has also implemented security and vetting requirements that make entry increasingly difficult. This has increased wait times for refugees, whose petition processing already took 18-24 months.

For more information, an American Immigration Council fact sheet on refugee admissions is available here. Please email with further questions.


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