In the fiscal year 2021, the United States will accept 1.5 thousand refugees from Europe and Central Asia.
US President Joe Biden signed an executive order setting out the number of refugees the United States will be willing to accept in the fiscal year 2021 (the period from October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021).
7 thousand visas were allocated for refugees from Africa, 1 thousand for East Asia, 1.5 thousand for Europe and Central Asia, 3 thousand for Latin America and the Caribbean, and 1.5 thousand for the Middle East and South Asia. Another 1 thousand visas will remain in reserve.
Later, White House press Secretary Jane Psaki indicated that the size of the quotas might be changed soon.
Earlier, Biden promised to increase the number of accepted refugees to 62.5 thousand.