U.S. Annual Refugee Resettlement Ceilings and Number of Refugees Admitted, 1980-Present

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U.S. Annual Refugee Resettlement Ceilings and Number of Refugees Admitted, 1980-Present

The number of persons who may be admitted to the United States as refugees each year is established by the president in consultation with Congress. Refugees and asylees are individuals who are unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin or nationality because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

Notes: 

Data series began following the enactment of the Refugee Act of 1980. Excludes Amerasian immigrants except in fiscal years 1989 to 1991. Data from the Department of State (DOS) Worldwide Refugee Admissions Processing System (WRAPS) on refugee arrivals differ slightly from the Department of Homeland Security’s Yearbook of Immigration Statistics due to a different data collection approach. Because the numbers of admitted refugees after FY 2013 (69,987 in FY 2014 and 69,933 in FY 2015) are nearly the same as the refugee admission ceiling (70,000), the line representing refugee admissions might not be fully visible on the chart.

Source: 

MPI analysis of WRAPS data from the DOS Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Available at http://www.wrapsnet.org/Reports/AdmissionsArrivals/tabid/211/Default.aspx.