UN welcomes increase in number of refugees the US agrees to resettle in 2021

Geneva, May 4 (EFE) .- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, congratulated today the announcement that the United States will increase to 62,500 the number of refugees that it will be able to resettle this year and considered that it is of a decision that will save many lives and offer protection to the most vulnerable.

“I welcome President Joe Biden’s move to regain America’s leadership in refugee resettlement,” Grandi wrote in a statement released by his office in Geneva.

Resettlement consists of the transfer of refugees or stateless persons (without nationality) from one country to another that admits them and offers them a permanent residence permit. This is a procedure managed by UNHCR, which last year submitted the files of 39,500 refugees from Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Eritrea to the States for consideration.

Of these, 22,800 were able to be transferred with the help of UNHCR, the majority from Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt and Tanzania.

According to the high commissioner, the decision of the United States government comes precisely at a time when the global resettlement of refugees has plummeted to unprecedented levels, as a result of the low reception quotas proposed by the countries and the impact of the pandemic of the Covid-19.

“I hope this decision inspires other countries to do the same, to reestablish and expand their resettlement commitments,” Grandi said.

Last year, fewer than 23,000 refugees were resettled worldwide, one of the lowest numbers in two decades.

“America’s commitment to increasing refugee admissions this year and next is therefore a lifeline for refugees and for our global resettlement program,” the high commissioner concluded. EFE

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