- The United States sets an ambitious goal, as it hopes to host 125,000 refugees next year.
- Although there will be a limit number of refugees that can enter the United States depending on the region from which they come.
- From Latin America and the Caribbean only 15,000 refugees will be accepted.
The United States sets an ambitious goal, as it hopes to host 125,000 refugees next year, starting this October 1 and ending in September of next year.
This Monday, the president of the United States, Joe Biden, stated that his objective is to receive a maximum of 125,000 refugees from the world in his country in 2022 and, in line with this approach, the US State Department has informed Congress of its desire to meet this goal.
The United States aims to host 125,000 refugees in the next year
Biden proposed this goal since last April, which is ambitious because it would receive twice as many refugees in the United States as they planned to receive this year. For fiscal year 2021, a maximum of 62,500 refugees was established.
In the document that the State Department extended to Congress, they not only establish a maximum of 125,000 refugees for next year, but also set geographical limits for the arrival of new refugees, but what does this mean?
Limit quantity per region
It means that there will be a limit number of refugees that can enter the United States depending on the region from which they come. Thus, for example, from Latin America and the Caribbean can only arrive 15,000 refugees.
From Europe and Central Asia they will be able to arrive 10,000; from the Middle East and South Asia (including Afghanistan) 35,000; from africa 40,000, from East Asia 15,000 and finally some will be available 10,000 places more for refugees coming from any region.
15,000 refugees from Latin America
The State Department has estimated that of the 15,000 refugees from Latin America, at least 10,000 will arrive mainly from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
Refugee status has particular characteristics and is not granted to just any immigrant. For example, those who arrive through the southern border and request asylum are not normally included in this line, but those who use special programs such as Central American minors.
Refugees in 2021
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Just because the United States sets a limit of 125,000 does not necessarily mean that is the number of refugees it will receive next fiscal year. For example, for 2021 a maximum of 62,500 refugees was set, however, the State Department estimates that by the end of the fiscal year next week they will only have granted refugee status to about 12,500 people.
This number of people only represents 20% of the maximum established and in the case of the Latin American and Caribbean region, barely 500 people will have been received as refugees, reported EFE.
Trump and his immigration policies
When Donald Trump served as president, the maximum number of refugees to receive in the country decreased to historic levels. The official report indicates that between September 2019 and October 2020 they only received 11,814 refugees.
Since Biden took the reins of the White House last April, he has decided to maintain the maximum quota of 15,000 refugees that Trump had established. The result this year will be around 12,500 people. So things have not changed much in this regard.
More than 600 Afghans crammed a US plane. Photo: Defense One
Another point that the Biden Administration should have considered is the number of Afghan allies they plan to receive on US soil after the troops withdrew from Afghanistan.
The United States works to host more than 60,000 Afghan citizens. The United States expects to host 125,000 refugees in the next year.
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