World Refugee Day 2016: U.S Continues Support to Refugees Worldwide

A teacher grade the work of students inside a newly constructed classroom at St. Luke's Primary School at Nyumanzi Refugee Settlemen in Northern Uganda 14 April 2015. UNHCR/J. Ose

AP Photo/Sayyid Azim

The United States has a proud history of welcoming refugees. Our resettlement program reflects our highest values and aspirations to compassion, generosity, and leadership.

Since 1975, the United States Refugee Admissions Program has welcomed more than 3.2 million resettled refugees from around the world. In each of the last three years, the United States has resettled nearly 70,000 refugees and in Fiscal Year 2016 we aim to resettle up to 85,000.

There are more than 20 million refugees across the globe today; more than 4.5 million have been displaced by the conflict in Syria alone, while nearly 16 million more currently shelter in nations throughout the world. These refugees share similar stories – they all have been displaced from homes, families, and communities.

They all have experienced loss and face uncertain futures. And they all look to the rest of the world, to us, for support, for hope. That is why President Obama is hosting the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees on September 20 on the margins of the UN General Assembly.
The goal of the President’s summit is to expand the humanitarian safety net and create more long-term solutions for refugees.