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Refugee ups and downs


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Refugee ups and downs
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2,050

The number of refugees the United States has admitted into the country as of April 15, according to the U.S. State Department. President Joe Biden has waffled on refugee resettlement policies. He campaigned on increasing the number of refugees after the Trump administration steadily lowered admissions. Then Biden announced on April 16 he wouldn’t raise the limit this year. After pushback, his administration said it would announce an increased limit by May 15.

4,500

The number of refugees the United States is on pace to admit this fiscal year without a change in policy.

207,116

The number of refugees the United States admitted in fiscal year 1980, the most ever.

11,184

The number of refugees the United States admitted in fiscal year 2020, the fewest since the program began.

73,147

The number of refugees the United States admitted in fiscal year 2000.

84,994

The number of refugees the United States admitted in fiscal year 2016.

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