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Final ’23 Refugee Numbers Demonstrate Progress, with More Work Ahead

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. resettled 60,014 refugees in the fiscal year 2023, the highest number since 2016.   

Efforts to rebuild the infrastructure of our system led to an increase of resettlements in the second half of the fiscal year, with numbers topping 6,000 per month — and reaching 8,762 in September.  

The Biden administration has again set a “ceiling” of 125,000 admissions for fiscal year 2024, which started Sunday. Reaching that number will require further work to bolster the system.   

“We are making clear progress,” said Jennie Murray, President and CEO of the National Immigration Forum. “With global displacement at record highs, America is reclaiming its leadership as a place of refuge for the persecuted. Now the administration and Congress must continue to reinvigorate and resource our resettlement infrastructure. Lives hang in the balance.”

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