Policy & Legislative Recommendations to Increase Protections for Refugees and Other Forcibly Displaced Persons

By USCRI March 9, 2021

The United States has traditionally been the global leader in refugee protection across both Republican and Democratic administrations. Yet, as global need reached an all-time high of 80 million people displaced in 2020, the United States set its all-time low refugee admissions goal of 15,000. U.S. refugee resettlement operates in a public-private partnership known as the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). USRAP brings the State Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Homeland Security together with nine non-profit organizations that work in refugee resettlement. These non-profits are known as “voluntary agencies,” and they are responsible for resettling refugees in the United States. The voluntary agencies maintain a network of hundreds of affiliated local agencies around the country, which provide services to newly arrived refugees and help refugees achieve self-sufficiency in their new homes as quickly as possible. Our recommendations for addressing the challenges of the global refugee situation follow.

Read the full set of recommendations USCRI_Refugee-Recs-to-Biden-Admin-03-08-21


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