According to data released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United States remains in first place for refugee resettlement.
The Center for Immigration Studies noted that the UNHCR was shocked by a “tremendous gap” between “resettlement needs and the places made available by governments around the world.”
The refugee agency has been urging for more resettlement spots in line with Global Compact on Refugees, which advocates for increasing refugee resettlement opportunities.
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CIS offered an overview of 2019 resettlement activities in the images below:
Submission by Destination (top five countries)
Departures by Destination (top five countries)
The 2017 and 2018 numbers under the Trump administration, can be found here and here.
In 2019, the United State government resettled more refugees than any other country on the planet. UNHCR press release from early February stated, “The largest number of UNHCR-facilitated resettlement departures last year were to the United States, followed by Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Germany.”
The UN’s Global Compact on Refugees, which was established in 2018, pushes for increases of resettlement admissions. Additionally, it “pushes for faster and more flexible means of resettlement processing” and “encourages other pathways for admission as ‘complements’ to resettlement” via private sponsorship programs (such as student scholarships, employment opportunities, etc.). Thanks to President Donald Trump’s strong nationalist instincts, the U.S. government did not to endorse this refugee compact. However, countries like Canada did.
Per the UNHCR’s recent Factsheet and Resettlement Data Finder, 21,159 refugees were resettled in the U.S. The official U.S. government Refugee Processing Center portal found that the number of refugees resettled in the U.S. in the calendar year of 2019 (January 1-December 31, 2019) was 25,782. For the fiscal year 2019 (October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019), it was 30,000.
Although refugee resettlement pales in comparison to migrant inflows via legal and illegal immigration, this is another facet of mass migration that should not be ignored. After all, various failed Democrat candidates like former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg have called for refugee resettlement levels in the six figures range.
Beyond economic costs, mass migration, regardless of how it occurs, can potentially undermine American civil liberties.
Immigrant voting trends indicate strong support for Democrats that has not waned in the last 50 years.
Additionally, certain migrant groups hold views that overwhelmingly threaten certain civil liberties such as free speech and the right to bear arms.
Immigration is no casual public policy matter and could put America and the rest of the West on the ropes.