The U.S. Resettled No Refugees In October, A First Since Record-Keeping Began



The State Department placed a freeze on refugee admissions, leading to zero resettlements in the U.S. last month.

The United States resettled zero refugees during the month of October, according to Quartz — marking the first time since record-keeping began that none were accepted.

The publication reported that the State Department put a freeze on admissions, “resulting in hundreds of canceled flights and yet more uncertainty for the thousands of refugees hoping to resettle in the US.”

For fiscal year 2020, the Trump administration has once again lowered cap on refugee resettlements, dropping it to 18,000. Quartz noted this number represents “the lowest in almost 30 years, and well below the number of displaced people already in the pipeline to be resettled in the US.”

According to the United Nations, there are an estimated 26 million refugees across the globe, and many are “victims of torture or women and girls fleeing persecution or violence.”

“At a time of record forced displacement in the world, lower admissions constrain UNHCR’s ability to deliver on its refugee protection mandate and diminish our humanitarian negotiating power at the global level,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a statement earlier this month.

When records began in 1980, the U.S. had a population of 270 million and welcomed more than 200,000 refugees into the country; now, after years of decline in refugee resettlements, “the US population has risen more than 40%, while the number of refugees resettled is down by more than 80%.”

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