The Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2023

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The President today signed the Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for the Fiscal Year 2023, setting the refugee admissions target at 125,000 for this upcoming fiscal year.  This ambitious target demonstrates that the United States is committed to rebuilding and strengthening the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), including ...
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U.S. humanitarian aid to Ukraine tops $1 billion

The U.S. government has provided more than  $1.28 billon  (PDF, 351KB) in humanitarian assistance to help the people of  Ukraine  since Russia’s full-scale invasion began February 24. The aid comes as Russia’s war of aggression has displaced 6.3 million people within Ukraine and forced more than  5.8 million  to  flee to neighboring countries . This humanitarian assistance — through the U.S. Agency for International ...
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U.S. rushes humanitarian aid to Ukraine

By Leigh Hartman The U.S. government has provided more than  $688 million in humanitarian assistance  to help the people of Ukraine since Russia’s full-scale invasion began on February 24. The aid comes as Russia’s war of aggression has displaced 7.7 million people within  Ukraine  and forced more than  6 million  to flee to neighboring countries. This humanitarian assistance — through the U.S. Agency for International ...
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Joint Statement by Trilateral Working Group on Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls, Following 21st session of UN Permanent Forum for I

Joint Statement by the Trilateral Working Group on Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls, Following the 21st session of UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues   The text of the following statement was released by the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States following the 21st session of the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous ...
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U.S. supports countries amid Putin’s food crisis

By Leigh Hartman Russia’s war in Ukraine has resulted in more than 5.7 million refugees fleeing Ukraine into neighboring countries while an estimated 7.7 million people are internally displaced in the country, according to the U.N. A major consequence of this war is that, while Russian President Vladimir Putin destroys farms in Ukraine, people around the world ...
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Afghanistan Relocation and Resettlement Update

Since August 31, the State Department has continued its around-the-clock efforts to relocate U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents currently in Afghanistan who want to depart, as well as Afghan allies who worked with us over the course of our 20-year military mission in Afghanistan and their families.  As Secretary Blinken has said, there is no deadline for this work, which at the State Department is led by the Coordinator for Afghan Relocation Efforts, Ambassador Beth Jones. This update provides the ...
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U.S. supports vaccinations in hard-to-reach communities

By Michael Laff The United States and international partners are ensuring COVID-19 vaccines reach people in remote and traditionally underserved communities around the world. The United States is providing  more than 600 million safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses  — with no political strings attached — to developing countries and economies. Most donations are through  COVAX, an international partnership designed to equitably distribute vaccine doses  to protect people who are most at-risk. COVAX recently delivered 151,200 U.S.-donated ...
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Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Refugee Convention

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Today we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention.  At this time of historic global forced displacement, the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change have exacerbated the challenges refugees face, making the international commitments in the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol more vital than ever.  We are committed to ...
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U.S. Support for the People of Syria

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Yesterday, I was honored to co-host with Italy a productive meeting on Syria, during which I reiterated the imperative of ensuring that vital humanitarian assistance reaches all Syrians in need.  I underscored the importance of reauthorizing and expanding the ability of the United Nations to provide this life-saving assistance to the Syrian people across borders — a ...
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Advancing America’s long tradition of welcoming refugees

President Biden is ensuring the United States remains a safe haven for  refugees  and that those who apply to immigrate to the country under humanitarian programs are treated with dignity and respect. In a  February 4 executive order , Biden took steps to strengthen the  U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) , a collaboration between government and community groups that reflects America’s core value of taking ...
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Biden: We will solve global challenges together

President Biden is vowing to strengthen America’s international relationships and tackle global challenges with the help of other nations. In a major foreign policy speech, Biden said the United States will work with the international community to tackle global challenges like the  COVID-19 pandemic  and  climate change , and to advance freedom and dignity for people around the world. “America’s ...
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Celebrating 20 years of refugee assistance [video]

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the State Department’s Julia Taft Fund for refugee protection and assistance. Over the past two decades, the U.S. government has awarded grants to nearly 800 local partners to help  refugees , returnees and host communities. Learn more about the Taft Fund in this video.
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U.S. helps refugees, migrants during COVID-19 crisis

The U.S. Department of State has provided $350 million in migration and refugee assistance (MRA) funding for the international COVID-19 response in countries around the world since the onset of the pandemic. U.S. funding provides protection and addresses increased vulnerability created by the pandemic for refugees, migrants and host communities through international organization partners, including ...
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U.S. Participates in the International Donors Conference in Solidarity with the Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants (May 22)

U.S. Participates in the International Donors Conference in Solidarity with the Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants (May 22)   Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) Carol Thompson O’Connell will lead the U.S. delegation to the May 26 International Donors Conference in Solidarity with the Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants, ...
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