On September 29, 2023, RefugePoint welcomed the news that President Biden signed the Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2024, authorizing the admission of up to 125,000 refugees to the U.S. during the fiscal year 2024.
This announcement signals continued U.S. leadership in refugee resettlement and comes at a time when global resettlement needs are at a record high. Among the approximately 32.5 million refugees in the world, the UN Refugee Agency estimates that more than 2 million are in need of resettlement because they can’t stay safely in the country to which they’ve fled or return home.
In collaboration with the UN Refugee Agency, RefugePoint is playing a pivotal role in helping the U.S. fulfill its resettlement commitments with staff in more than 25 countries across Africa and around the world. In the coming fiscal year, RefugePoint will support resettlement by:
- Helping 12,000-15,000 refugees access the U.S. and other resettlement programs.
- Expanding equitable access to resettlement by deploying staff to work with marginalized populations and/or in underserved locations.
- Increasing NGO capacity to reach highly vulnerable refugees by co-leading the development of global systems and standards for NGO resettlement referrals and providing training and capacity-building support to NGOs.
- Supporting family reunification efforts.
- Centering at-risk children in resettlement efforts.
Sasha Chanoff, RefugePoint’s CEO, welcomed the Presidential Determination, saying, “The U.S. resettlement program is life-changing for people who would otherwise lack opportunities to find long-term safety and rebuild their lives. RefugePoint is proud to partner with the U.S. Department of State, UNHCR, and many others to enable refugees in the most precarious circumstances to resettle.”