In Fall 2018, the Administration issued a Presidential Determination (PD) setting the annual U.S. refugee admission level at 30,000 refugees, the all-time-lowest number in the history of resettlement. This record low comes when there are over 25 million refugees worldwide with 1.4 million needing resettlement. The average refugee admission goal over the nearly 40 years of the program has been 95,000.
March 31, 2019, this Sunday, is the midpoint of fiscal year 2019 (FY19) and so far, the U.S. has only admitted 11,425 refugees. At this rate, our country is on pace to admit less than 23,000 refugees by the end of the year, far short of the annual goal of 30,000.