Refugee Arrivals

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Refugee Arrivals2019-03-25T19:23:01+00:00

How many refugees arrive in the U.S.?

Each fiscal year, a presidential determination sets a ceiling for the number of refugees to be admitted into the United States. The number of actual admissions does not always match the ceiling set.  A chart from the Migration Policy Institute shows the annual ceiling and the number of refugees admitted since the enactment of the Refugee Act of 1980. Ceilings have ranged from a high of 231,700 in 1980 and a low of 30,000 in 2019. Admissions have ranged from a high of 207,116 in 1980 and a low of 22,491 in 2018.

In Fiscal Year 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, the ceiling was set at 85,000 and the number of refugees admitted was 84,995.

In Fiscal Year 2017, which ended on September 30, 2017, the ceiling was originally set for 110,000. Due to Executive Orders, the number of refugees actually admitted was 53,716. The ceiling for FY2018 was set at 45,000, but only 22,491 were admitted. The ceiling has been set for 30,000 in FY2019.

The Refugee Processing Center created the Worldwide Refugee Admissions Processing Center (WRAPS) which provides up to date information on refugee arrivals nationwide. Data reports can be accessed here.