Now the US will not accept people from Yemen, Syria, and Somalia as refugees.
US President Donald Trump lowered the limit on accepting refugees in the 2021 fiscal year (started on October 1) to 15 thousand people – the lowest level since 1980. The White House distributed the corresponding Memorandum.
“The admission of up to 15,000 refugees to the United States during the fiscal year 2021 is justified on humanitarian grounds or otherwise in the national interest,” the document says. According to the President, people from countries such as Yemen, Syria, and Somalia cannot be accepted as refugees, “except for those whose situation is of particular humanitarian concern.”
In the fiscal year 2020, this limit was 18 thousand people, and then it was reduced by almost half compared to 2019 when the figure was 30 thousand people.
As the Washington Post noted earlier, the level of 15 thousand people was the lowest in decades. The last comparable level was in 1980, when a special law on refugees was passed, which raised the admission limit from 17.4 thousand to 50 thousand people.