Increasing Refugee Admissions Cap: “An Important First Step” for Children and Families

FAIRFIELD, Conn (May 3, 2021) – In response to news that the Biden Administration plans to increase the number of refugees welcomed into the United States, Janti Soeripto, President and CEO of Save the Children said:

“Today’s announcement on refugee admissions is an important first step and reaffirms the United States’ commitment to helping children and families that have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict and persecution. It demonstrates global leadership and should encourage other countries to do the same. Twenty-six million people are currently refugees--more than at any time in history--half are children.

“Still, more can and should be done. We call on the Biden Administration and Congress to take key actions to save lives and give children a future. The number of refugees admitted into the United States should be increased to 125,000 and the Administration should work with Congress to establish the first federally mandated refugee admissions floor. The U.S. should also ensure justice and accountability for crimes committed against civilians in conflict areas. Finally, and critically, we urge the U.S. to prioritize access to quality education for refugee children.

“Future generations depend on the decisions made now.”

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