Fact Sheet: An Overview of U.S. Refugee Law and Policy

Date of Publication: 
June, 2019
Source Organization: 
American Immigration Council

The United States has long been a global leader in the resettlement of refugees—and the need for such leadership remains enormous. The number of refugees around the world who are fleeing violence or persecution in their home countries in search of safety abroad has grown dramatically over the past decade.

Until recently, the United States offered refuge each year to more people than all other nations combined. But the Trump administration has drastically reduced the maximum number of refugees that can enter the United States. Moreover, the United States government has imposed new security vetting procedures on refugees before they can be admitted into the country, which has greatly lengthened waiting times and left many refugees in dangerous situations for prolonged periods. In 2017, for the first time in modern history, the United States settled fewer refugees than the rest of the world.

This fact sheet provides an overview of refugee resettlement in the United States today.

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American Immigration Council. (2019). An overview of U.S. refugee law and policy [Fact sheet]. Retrieved from https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/sites/default/files/research/an_overview_of_us_refugee_law_and_policy.pdf