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News & Events2018-01-26T14:31:42+00:00

Impact of Executive Orders on the Refugee Resettlement Program

In Fiscal Year 2017 (10/01/16 – 09/30/17), 1,583 refugees were resettled in Kentucky through the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Kentucky originally planned on welcoming 2,431 refugees in FY17, but the number of arrivals was reduced due to a series of Executive Orders.

FY2017 Kentucky Refugee Arrivals by Quarter

The national ceiling for refugee arrivals in the current fiscal year is 45,000. This is the lowest admission ceiling set since the Refugee Act of 1980. Kentucky is projected to resettle 1,264 refugees this year. In the first quarter, 152 individuals have arrived, which is 12% of the yearly projection.

As we face the worst displacement crisis in recorded history with over 22.5 million refugees worldwide, the refugee resettlement network in Kentucky remains committed to welcoming our newest neighbors. We are thankful for a dedicated network of organizations and individuals across the state working tirelessly to provide services for those who have made Kentucky their new home.

It can be difficult to keep track of the Executive Orders and the impact they have had on the refugee resettlement program.  The 120 day pause on all refugee admissions without a bona fide relationship ended on October 24. On that same day, a new announcement was made which included:

  • Resuming the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program with Enhanced Vetting Capabilities
  • Refugees from 11 countries and stateless Palestinians barred from entry for at least 90 more days
  • Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen
  • Pause on the “follow-to-join” program which reunites spouses and children with refugees already in the U.S. This pertains to individuals from any nationality.

Many legal challenges and court rulings have come in the wake of these Executive Orders. For an up to date timeline, please visit the site below maintained by HIAS, one of the national voluntary agencies involved in refugee resettlement.

Track Refugee Ban