[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 87 (Friday, May 7, 2021)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 24475-24476]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-09861]
 Presidential Documents
Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 87 / Friday, May 7, 2021 /
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The President
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 Presidential Determination No. 2021-06 of May 3, 2021
Emergency Presidential Determination on Refugee
 Admissions for Fiscal Year 2021
 Memorandum for the Secretary of State
 In Executive Order 14013 of February 4, 2021
 (Rebuilding and Enhancing Programs to Resettle Refugees
 and Planning for the Impact of Climate Change on
 Migration), I directed numerous actions to rebuild,
 expand, and improve the United States Refugee
 Admissions Program (USRAP). On February 12, 2021, the
 Department of State submitted a report to certain
 congressional committees and, with the Department of
 Homeland Security and the Department of Health and
 Human Services, consulted with the Congress regarding a
 proposal to re-allocate admissions among refugees of
 humanitarian concern and to increase Fiscal Year (FY)
 2021 refugee admissions from 15,000 refugees to 62,500
 refugees due to an unforeseen emergency refugee
 situation in countries around the globe since the
 signing of Presidential Determination 2021-02 on
 October 27, 2020 (Presidential Determination on Refugee
 Admissions for Fiscal Year 2021) (PD 2021-02).
 In Presidential Determination 2021-05 of April 16, 2021
 (Emergency Presidential Determination on Refugee
 Admissions for Fiscal Year 2021) (PD 2021-05), I
 changed the allocation of admissions in PD 2021-02
 based on a determination that new allocations were
 necessary to respond to the unforeseen emergency
 refugee situation. Based on this change, USRAP partners
 are beginning travel preparations for more than 2,000
 refugees who were excluded under PD 2021-02, but who
 can now be admitted to the United States.
 In PD 2021-05, I did not change the pre-existing number
 of refugee admissions permitted for FY 2021, which
 remained at 15,000. I also stated that I would consider
 raising the worldwide refugee admissions ceiling before
 the end of FY 2021, should the pre-existing level be
 reached and the emergency refugee situation persist.
 When I signed PD 2021-05, my intent was to adjust only
 the allocation of admissions and to address the
 appropriate number of refugees in a separate
 determination. Upon additional briefing and a more
 comprehensive presentation regarding the capacity of
 the executive departments and agencies charged with
 administering USRAP to increase refugee admissions
 while responding to other demands, and given the
 ongoing unforeseen emergency refugee situation, I now
 determine, consistent with my Administration's prior
 consultation with the Congress, that raising the number
 of admissions permissible for FY 2021 to 62,500 is
 justified by grave humanitarian concerns and is
 otherwise in the national interest.
 The number of refugee admissions authorized by this
 determination under section 207(b) of the Immigration
 and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1157(b)) sends the
 important message that the United States remains a safe
 harbor for some of the most vulnerable people in the
 world. This number also sets a goal for USRAP and the
 non-governmental and international organizations with
 whom USRAP partners to resettle refugees. Given the
 gravity of the global refugee crisis, the number of
 authorized refugee admissions must be ambitious enough
 to challenge the United States Government and its
 partners to build their capacity to serve more
 refugees. In my judgment, a refugee admissions
 determination of 62,500 reflects these values, is
 justified by grave humanitarian concerns, and is
 otherwise in the national interest of the United
 States.
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 The FY 2021 allocations set forth in section (b) of PD
 2021-05 are adjusted as follows:
 Africa................................................. 22,000 ......
 East Asia.............................................. 6,000 ......
 Europe and Central Asia................................ 4,000 ......
 Latin America and the Caribbean........................ 5,000 ......
 Near East and South Asia............................... 13,000 ......
 Unallocated Reserve.................................... 12,500 ......
 The provisions of PD 2021-05 are retained, except to
 the extent superseded by this determination.
 You are authorized and directed to publish this
 determination in the Federal Register.
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 (Presidential Sig.)
 THE WHITE HOUSE,
 Washington, May 3, 2021
[FR Doc. 2021-09861
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