Washington – The Government of the President of the United States, Joe Biden, confirmed on Monday its goal of hosting a maximum of 125,000 refugees from around the world in fiscal year 2022, which begins on October 1.
The State Department indicated in a statement that it has informed Congress that it plans to maintain that goal, that Biden set himself last April and that it is twice the refugee cap established for this fiscal year, which is 62,500.
The report sent to Congress on the subject sets limits according to the geographic region of the refugees, in addition to marking a global maximum of 125,000 arrivals to the United States between October 2021 and September 2022.RELATED
A maximum of 15,000 refugees will be able to arrive from Latin America and the Caribbean, while another 10,000 will be able to do so from Europe and Central Asia; 35,000 more from the Middle East and South Asia -including Afghanistan-; another 40,000 from Africa and 15,000 more from East Asia; with 10,000 more in reserve for any region.
Of the 15,000 reserved for the American continent, the State Department estimates that it will receive at least 10,000, mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador; in addition to including Venezuelans and Nicaraguans.
Those who are counted as refugees are not normally those who illegally cross the southern border of the United States and request asylum, but those who make use of special programs such as the Central American Minors (CAM) and another that allows vulnerable applicants to wait in Costa Rica while your requests are processed.
Marking the limit of 125,000 refugees does not mean that it will be met: although the ceiling for the current fiscal year was 62,500, the State Department estimates in its report that, by the time that period ends next week, they will barely have arrived in the United States. United some 12,500 people with that status.
This is just 20% of the maximum that Biden had set for this fiscal year, and only 500 of those 12,500 refugees arrived from Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the calculations of the report, which Efe had access to.
That implies that the number of refugees welcomed this fiscal year will not be much different from that registered between September 2019 and October 2020, when Donald Trump was president and the United States received just 11,814 refugees, according to the official report.
Last April, Biden ordered to keep the maximum refugee quota for the current fiscal year at 15,000, the same historically low level that Trump marked, but after receiving much criticism, he backed off and raised the limit to 62,500.
However, the projections detailed this Monday in the State Department report confirm that, in practice, the United States will not exceed this fiscal year the initial limit set by Biden, and that human rights organizations criticized so much.
The US government is working to host more than 60,000 Afghans in the United States after the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan and the coming to power of the Taliban, although many of them will arrive in the country with another type of immigration relief and will not be eligible for the quota. of refugees.