U.S. Annual Refugee Resettlement Ceilings and Number of Refugees Admitted, 1980-Present

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U.S. Annual Refugee Resettlement Ceilings and Number of Refugees Admitted, 1980-Present

The number of persons who may be admitted to the United States as refugees each year is established by the president in consultation with Congress. Refugees and asylees are individuals who are unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin or nationality because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

Notes: 

Data series began following the enactment of the Refugee Act of 1980. Excludes Amerasian immigrants except in Fiscal Years 1989 to 1991.

Source: 

Migration Policy Institute tabulation of data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration Statistics, Yearbook of Immigration Statistics (various years). Available at http://www.dhs.gov/files/statistics/publications/yearbook.shtm.