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Refugee Arrival Numbers Down in FY 2011

The number of refugees admitted to the United States in the 2011 fiscal year was 23 percent lower than the amount admitted in the FY 2010, according to figures released by Office of Refugee Resettlement. In both 2010 and 2011, the overall ceiling for refugee admissions was 80,000: in 2010, 73,311 refugees were admitted, but in 2011, only 56,379 were. In the FY 2009, 74,654 refugees arrived.

The 2011 figures represent only 70 percent of the number allowed – the lowest admittance rate since 2007. Since 1983, refugee admissions were lowest in 2002-2003, where only 39 and 40 percent of ceiling were admitted, respectively.

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