Over a couple of years, the United States of America has always opened its borders in accepting refugees from other countries, maybe due to individuals who may be fleeing persecution or for those whose country is at war. America has been home to thousands of refugees all over the world. During World war II, America welcomed individuals who were escaping from communist in Europe and Asia, the United States has tried its best to protect refugees who are under the International Humanitarian Law. Right from the year 1980, the United States government moves several ad hoc approaches which is a standardized system that is used for vetting and accepting refugees, and these systems are still used today. 

Recently, the number of the United State refugee program has begun to fluctuate. However, the war that broke out in Syria has resulted in a huge spike in the number of the immigration program. Such migration has increased the scrutiny of policymakers in the Middle East during the administration of Barack Obama. However, during the tenure of Donald J. Trump the scrutiny had been banned, therefore refusing to accept some refugees from certain countries.

How many refugees are allowed into the United State of America? 

The number of refugees that have been admitted into the country has greatly reduced from 200,000 in 1980 to 22,500 around 2018. The level of refugee admission has always fluctuated, especially during the collapse of the Soviet Union, but in recent times it can’t be compared. There are always annual meetings deliberating on the number of refugees that can be admitted into the country. In 2016, during the administration of President Barrack Obama, he made efforts to increase the ceiling of approved refugees allowed by five thousand, this was done to emphasize the migration crisis that was going on which was caused by the conflict in Syria. He then later proposed that the United States set a ceiling for 110,000 refugees for the year 2017.

Where are these refugees coming from?

Most of the time, the United States of America receives refugees from Asia, Africa, Europe, and also Latin America, however, the number has changed since the resettlement program was created. At the beginning of 1989, there has been an increase in refugee admittance to the U.S from the former Soviet Union Countries. During this time, The largest number of refugees come from countries like Iraq, Myanmar, Bhutan, etc. As of 2018, the countries with the highest number of refugees came from countries like Myanmar, Bhutan, Ukraine, and the DRC.

In 2017, during the administration of President Donald J. Trump, he ordered that there would be a temporary prohibition of some Muslim-majority countries like Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, etc. Trump has not been a fan of the resettlement deal that was made by Obama and the Australian government agreeing to take 1,250 extra refugees that were held in detention centers, and some of these refugees are from Iran and Somalia, making these countries affected by the third iteration of the travel ban.