Rebuilding the U.S. Refugee Program for the Future: 22 Recommendations for 2022

Jan 11, 2022
  • Description

Refugees seeking resettlement to the U.S. experience major barriers that cause delays, confusion, and, ultimately, a failure to fairly adjudicate their claims for protection. This report by the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) offers 22 recommendations to address current challenges and improve the refugee resettlement program in 2022 and onwards. The proposals include several of the goals set forth by President Biden in his February 4, 2021 executive order relating to refugees (the "Refugee EO") and can help the Biden administration meet its commitment to resettle 125,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22). Importantly, though, this report urges the Biden administration to look to the future of resettlement. Improving the capacity, efficiency, and transparency of USRAP this year will ensure the program can continue to be a life-saving protection tool for refugees, advance U.S. strategic interests overseas more fully, and strengthen the resiliency of local communities across the country