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UNHCR welcomes U.S. plan to increase refugee resettlement [EN/AR]

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After being resettled to the USA from Namibia, Congolese refugee Majidi Al Shabani (left) befriended Cobi Cogbill, who studies at the University of Arkansas where Majidi works. © UNHCR/Lucian Perkins

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This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Shabia Mantoo – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes U.S. President Biden’s proposal to raise the target for refugee resettlement in the United States in the coming fiscal year to 125,000 people.

This plan reflects the commitment of the U.S. government and the American people to help ensure that the world’s most vulnerable refugees have a chance to rebuild their lives in safety.

It also sends a clear signal to the world on the importance of all countries doing their part and working together to share responsibility in responding to the needs of refugees with concrete, strong and compassionate action.

If confirmed following consultation with Congress and signed by US President Biden, this resettlement target could save the lives of 125,000 women, men and children and will keep hope alive for millions more refugees, around the world.

UNHCR applauds this call for action and urges all countries to make more resettlement places available for the refugees who need them most.

For more information on this topic, please contact:

In Washington DC, Chris Boian, boian@unhcr.org, +1 202 243 7634
In New York, Kathryn Mahoney, mahoney@unhcr.org, +1 347 443 7646
In Geneva, Shabia Mantoo, mantoo@unhcr.org, + 41 79 337 7650