What do lower refugee numbers mean for HIAS PA?

You may have recently read an article in the New York Times about the deplorable state of third country refugee resettlement in the United States. The article highlights the fact that even though President Trump set the refugee ceiling at 45,000 refugees, it is likely that only 20,000 refugees will be allowed into the country this year. For HIAS PA, that means that instead of welcoming 200 refugees, as we did at our peak, we will likely be resettling less than a hundred.

In the News: 1,000 fewer refugees resettled in Pennsylvania in FY2017

“It’s incredibly mercurial, it’s incredibly capricious, and it’s incredibly hard to manage,” said Cathryn Miller-Wilson, executive director of the refugee resettlement group HIAS Pennsylvania, of the federal government’s back and forth with the courts over refugee policy this year. Read more of WHYY's coverage of the lower number of refugee arrivals this past year here.

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