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.

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 and some 100 NGOs urge world not to leave refugees behind in COVID-19 responses

UNHCR met with approximately 100 NGOs to discuss how to strengthen partnerships when responding to COVID-19 and other pandemics.

UNHCR stresses urgent need for States to end unlawful detention of refugees and asylum-seekers, amidst COVID-19 pandemic

The UN Refugee Agency is calling on States to urgently release refugees and asylum-seekers who are being unlawfully and arbitrarily held in detention..

Statement by Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, on the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis

All states must manage their borders as they see fit, but these measures should not result in closing avenues to asylum or forcing people to return to situations of danger.

Protecting the rights of refugees and displaced people worldwide

With refugee resettlement at a record low in 2020, UNHCR calls on States to offer places and save lives

Despite an estimated 1.44 million refugees in urgent need of resettlement globally, only 22,770 were resettled through the UN Refugee Agency in 2020.

UNHCR warns 2020 risks lowest resettlement levels in recent history

According to latest UNHCR data, only 15,425 refugees were resettled from January to the end of September this year, compared to 50,086 over the same period last year.

Time for all nationality laws to uphold women and men’s equality, says UN and civil society leaders

During the 75th Annual UN General Assembly, UNHCR and partners called for reform of nationality laws that discriminate on the basis of gender.

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