US President Joe Biden decided not to increase the refugee admission limit in fiscal 2021 (started on October 1), keeping it at the level of 15 thousand people. The corresponding memorandum of the head of state was distributed by the White House on Friday, Trend reports referring to TASS.
Such a quota for the current fiscal year was established at the end of October last year by the previous US President Donald Trump. This figure is the lowest since 1980. In the 2020 financial year, the limit was 18 thousand people, and then it was almost halved in comparison with 2019, when the figure was equal to 30 thousand people.
In February, Biden announced his intention to increase the quota for admitting refugees from abroad to 125,000 in fiscal 2022. In turn, Reuters in February announced the plans of the US administration to increase the limit for the current fiscal year to 62.5 thousand people.
In a written statement released later Friday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that “given the [при предыдущей администрации] refugee reception program, <...> his (Biden – approx.TASS) original goal [о приеме] 62.5K [человек в текущем году] seems unlikely [для реализации]”.” The President was advised to take immediate action to reverse Trump’s policies that prohibited [прием] refugees from many key regions <...>… Today’s decree did it. <...> The president is expected to set the final increased refugee admission quota for the remainder of the fiscal year by May 15th, Psaki added.