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 applauds historic U.S. goal on refugee resettlement

UNHCR applauds the strong and principled decision by President Joe Biden to admit up to 125,000 refugees for resettlement in the United States in the coming fiscal year.

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.

COVID-19 pandemic worsening gender inequalities for refugee women and girls

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the lives and rights of refugee, displaced and stateless women and girls, UNHCR warns on International Women’s Day.

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

UN High Commissioner for Refugees calls on states to lift remaining pandemic-related asylum restrictions

More than two years on from the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees is calling on states to lift remaining pandemic-related asylum restrictions.

UN Refugee Agency appeals for urgent action amid soaring deaths at sea

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, calls for urgent support to prevent deaths and protect refugees and asylum seekers who are embarking on dangerous journeys by land and sea.

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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