- The Trump administration will reduce the ceiling for refugee admission from 45, 000 to 30,000
- This will be the lowest ceiling to be set by the US since 1980
- Of the current 45, 000 refugees allowed into US, 19, 000 spots were allocated to African refugees
African refugees suffer another blow as the Trump administration plans to lower the admission of refugees in to the United States of America (USA) from beginning of the next fiscal year in October 1, 2018.
In what is expected to be the lowest ceiling for refugee admission since 1980, the numbers will be reduced from the current 45, 000 to 30,000.
Of the 45, 000 refugees admitted in to the states, 19,000 come from Africa, a number now set to be reduced further, Council on Foreign Relations reported on Thursday, September 20.
Unfortunately, the breakdown of the new admissions for the upcoming fiscal year is not yet available.
Although it is usual for the number of refugees admitted to the US in a given year to approach or even surpass the ceiling, the admissions made in the 2017 fiscal year are reported to be below the ceiling
The countries from which the largest number of refugees were admitted in the previous fiscal year running from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018, were the Democratic Republic of the Congo with 6,820, followed by Ethiopia with 261.
Somalia came in third with 250, Burundi came in fourth with 157, and Central African Republic with 136, putting the totals at 9,007.
It was also reported of the total allocated for Africans, 5,000 spots had been allocated to Congolese living in Rwanda and Tanzania, and another 500 allocated to asylum seekers from certain countries with immediate family in the US.
At present, the countries from which refugees were allocated asylum are Burundi, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan.
While admission to the States as a refugee is a difficult and time consuming process, eligibility for consideration for admission is determined by U.S. officials on a case by case basis.
The applicant is also required to demonstrate a well-founded fear of persecution based on criteria such as race, religion, or political or social affiliation.
Having established eligibility, a refugee applicant is vetted by multiple government entities, including the Departments of State and Homeland Security and several security agencies.
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