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ECDC Applauds Biden Administration’s Decision to Increase the Refugee Admissions Cap

Arlington, Virginia—Yesterday, the Biden Administration announced an increase to the Refugee Admissions Cap. The revised Presidential Determination sets the cap at 62,500 slots–up from the historic low of 15,000 set by the previous administration.

ECDC appreciates President Biden’s decision to increase the admissions cap for FY 2021. Doing so not only will help the thousands of refugees who had already been vetted and approved for travel but also return faith in the United States as a global leader in refugee resettlement. ECDC will continue to advocate for President Biden to keep his promise to build a more inclusive and welcoming America and fulfill his pledge to resettle 125,000 refugees next fiscal year.

Tsehaye Teferra, Ph.D., president of ECDC, said, “We have been ready for months to begin the resettlement of those who were prevented by the previous administration from coming to this great nation. Today, we see the glimmer of hope that our work will begin, and the hopes of those refugees will finally begin to be realized. He also expressed his hope that refugees will again be able to be referred by NGOs, U.S. Embassies, UNHCR, all of which are important partners in this important work.”


ECDC’s mission is to resettle refugees, promote cultural, educational, and socio-economic development in the refugee and immigrant community in the United States, and conduct humanitarian and development programs in the Horn of Africa. For more information about ECDC, please visit our website