This measure will save lives and protect those who are among the most vulnerable, said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.
US President Joe Biden’s decision to increase the refugee admission limit will save lives and protect vulnerable populations. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi stated this on Tuesday in Geneva.
“The decision to increase the admission limit for resettlement to 62.5 thousand refugees is a measure that will save lives and protect those who are among the most vulnerable,” he said.
The High Commissioner recalled that recently, the number of refugees accepted by countries under resettlement programs “has fallen to an unprecedented level due to the low quotas offered by States and the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Last year, less than 23,000 refugees were resettled in the world, which is the smallest number in the last two decades, he stressed. In the current situation, the US decision to increase the admission limit is, according to Grandi, “a lifeline for refugees and the resettlement program” implemented by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. He expressed the hope that other countries, following the example of the United States, “will restore or expand the promises of resettlement.” Biden increased the limit for accepting refugees in the 2021 fiscal year (started on October 1) to 62.5 thousand people. This follows from the statement of the head of state, distributed on Monday by the press service of the White House.