Presidential Determination for FY09 calls for 80,000 refugees to be resettled

Each year the President of the United States submits a Presidential Determination letter in which he sets a ceiling for refugees to be resettled in the US in the coming year.  On September 30th, President Bush released a statement setting the ceiling for FY’09 at 80,000 refugees.

You can read it here.

I don’t know what the final number for FY’08 was but it was somewhere in the 50,000-60,000 range. We resettled 60,192 in FY08.   Over the years the actual number of refugees resettled have ranged from a high of over 150,000  200,000 to a low of around 40,000  27,199 directly after 9/11.

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