Trump slashes number of refugees to 30,000 - Whisper Eye

Trump slashes number of refugees to 30,000

The US says it will cap the number of refugees allowed into the country next year at a near record low of 30,000.

It compares with a 45,000-refugee limit set by President Donald Trump for 2018 and 50,000 the year before.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced “the new refugee ceiling”, adding the US would also process more than 280,000 asylum seekers in 2019.

The lowest such admissions figure was in 2002, after 9/11, when some 27,000 refugees were allowed into the US.

Over the past decade, the number of refugees admitted to the US has fluctuated from a low of 48,282 in 2007 to a high of 84,995 in 2016.

The US Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) was set up in 1980, when Congress passed the Refugee Act.

US and international law currently say that people can seek asylum if they fear persecution at home on the basis of their race, political opinion, nationality, religion or because they belong to a particular social group.

According to the New York Times, Monday’s announcement represents the lowest ceiling any president has imposed on the programme since its creation.

 

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