Trump reduces US refugee quota

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September 28 , 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

Vesti – translated by Inessa Sinchougova

The administration of the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, sent a report to Congress with a proposal to accept up to 45,000 refugees in the 2018 financial year.

The financial year 2018 in the United States begins October 1, 2017.

According to the representative of the administration, about 54 thousand refugees arrived in the USA in fiscal year 2017 . Thus, it is planned to reduce the number of refugees accepted by 10 thousand. Since the signing of the law on their admission in 1980, this figure will be the lowest. Since 1980, the top figure has never been less than 67 thousand, and in recent years it has been about 70-80 thousand refugees. In the fiscal year of 2016, under President Barack Obama, this figure was 75,000 refugees.

The American official explained that these 45,000 will include: 19,000 refugees from Africa, 17,000 from South Asia and the Middle East, 5,000 from East Asia, 2,000 from Central Asia and Europe, and 1,500 from countries of the Caribbean and Latin America.

According to the official, the main priority of the administration is the security of American citizens. He also said that the United States will continue to protect those who are persecuted because of ethnicity, race, nationality, political opinion, religion or participation in a particular social group (including the LGBT community.)

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