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USA for UNHCR is leading a movement to build awareness, acceptance and support of refugees. In this section, you can learn more about the latest policy and advocacy issues impacting the lives of the people we serve.

Supporting resettlement and asylum in the U.S.

UNHCR welcomes U.S. decision on refugee resettlement

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the decision by the United States to admit up to 125,000 refugees for resettlement over the course of the fiscal year starting October 1, 2022.

UNHCR welcomes Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection in the Americas

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the adoption of the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection which pledges to promote international protection and migration in the Americas.

UNHCR comment on reinstatement of U.S. policy that endangers asylum seekers

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is aware of the United States government’s announcement on reinstating the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program.

UNHCR concerned over U.S. expulsion flights under COVID-19 asylum restrictions

UNHCR is concerned about the new U.S. practice of transferring asylum-seekers and migrants, expelled under a U.S. public health order, by aircraft from the United States to southern Mexico.

UNHCR welcomes U.S. continued efforts to implement measures that protect refugees and asylum-seekers

UNHCR welcomes the continued efforts of the United States government to protect refugees and asylum-seekers as part of its Blueprint for a Fair, Orderly, and Humane Immigration System.

UNHCR welcomes US decision to restore protections from gang and domestic violence

UNHCR welcomes the U.S. government’s decision to reverse legal rulings that made people forced to flee domestic and gang violence in their home countries ineligible from seeking safety in the U.S.

Statement attributable to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on the need to end US COVID-19 asylum restrictions

UNHCR's High Commissioner Filippo Grandi appeals to the government of the United States to swiftly lift the public health-related asylum restrictions that remain in effect at the border.

News comment: UNHCR applauds US decision to increase refugee resettlement

This news comment is attributable to Matthew Reynolds, UNHCR representative to the United States and the Caribbean.

UN agencies begin processing at Matamoros

UN agencies today will begin to prepare individuals in the informal camp in Matamoros, Mexico for entry to the United States in line with the termination of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).

UNHCR: Biden move on refugee resettlement will save lives

UNHCR's High Commissioner Filippo Grandi praised President Joe Biden’s plan to raise the cap on the number of refugees who could be admitted to the United States, saying it would send a powerful signal to other countries to continue to do the same.

UNHCR welcomes U.S. action on refugees

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes renewed U.S. commitments announced today aimed at providing safety and solutions for people in need of protection from violence and persecution.

Statement from the High Commissioner on the Biden inauguration

UNHCR's High Commissioner Filippo Grandi welcomes Biden administration commitment to refugee protection.

The U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program Explained

The U.S. government announced that the maximum number of refugees admitted to our Country in 2021 will be reduced to 15,000. But what is resettlement and how does it work in the United States?

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Refugee Act

Statement of UNHCR’s Regional Representative Matthew Reynolds on the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Refugee Act of 1980.

Ensuring protection and aid during the pandemic

UNHCR highlights great progress on refugee vaccine inclusion but inequities hamper rollout

Most of the world’s countries now include refugees in their national COVID-19 vaccination plans, but administrative barriers, capacity issues and logistical challenges continue to hamper implementation.

UNHCR calls on states to remove barriers to access to COVID-19 vaccines for refugees

UNHCR calls on States to expedite the roll-out of vaccination campaigns and remove barriers that limit access to vaccines for the world’s 82.4 million forcibly displaced people.

Opinion: 3 ways to ensure refugees get the COVID-19 vaccine

USA for UNHCR Executive Director and CEO Anne-Marie Grey and South Sudanese refugee Mary Maker reflect on three imperatives to ensure equitable COVID-19 vaccine access for refugees and other vulnerable populations.

UNHCR calls for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for refugees

On World Health Day, UNHCR is calling for concerted international action and solidarity to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

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