“Today, I am announcing the revision of the annual limit on the admission of refugees to the United States to 62.5 thousand this fiscal year. This will erase the historically low minimum of 15,000 set by the previous administration, which did not reflect the values of America – a country that welcomes and supports refugees,” Biden said in a written statement.
According to Biden, the goal remains the figure of 125 thousand refugees annually, and he intends to achieve it in the next fiscal year, which begins in October. Earlier, Biden kept the limit on accepting refugees set by his predecessor Donald Trump at 15 thousand. Still, amid sharp criticism, he said that this was only a temporary measure and pledged to raise the limit.