The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has welcomed the decision by the United States government to increase the entry permit for refugees to 62,500, believing it will “save lives” and enable thousands of people, “for sure a new phase “to begin and dignity” in the North American country.
UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi has welcomed the fact that the President of the United States, Joe Biden, has helped his country regain the “leadership” it had lost on the matter at a time when global refugee resettlement was on the rise Minimum levels have fallen – less than 23,000 in 2020 – due to the lack of supply from the countries and the restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
For UNHCR head Matthew Reynolds, Washington’s gesture “also sends a clear message of solidarity and support to low- and middle-income countries, where nearly 90 percent of the world’s 80 million refugees and other displaced persons live.”
With that in mind, both Grandi and Reynolds hope that the move Biden has taken will serve to encourage other countries and increase their own admission and settlement commitments.
Biden has assured that the 15,000 permits set by his predecessor Donald Trump “do not reflect the values of the United States as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees,” and he will raise the limit to 62,500 for this fiscal year. with the aim of reaching the “target” of 125,000 in the next two years.
However, he admits that “the sad truth” is that the United States will not achieve those 62,500 permits for this year. “It will take time, but this work is already underway,” said the US president, who has promised since arriving at the White House to reverse Trump’s immigration policy.