The Figures Are In: HIAS Helped 2,170 Refugees Resettle In The USA In FY 2005

Posted on Tue, Oct 11, 2005 at 9:32 am

(New York, NY) – Of the 70,000 refugees targeted for admission into the United States for fiscal year 2005 (Oct. 1 – Sept. 30) 53,370 actually arrived, according to U.S. State Department figures. HIAS – the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society – assisted 2,170 of those refugees with their migration to the United States.

“We applaud the Bush administration for its efforts to provide these refugees with safe haven in the United States and urge the administration to admit even more in the new fiscal year,” says Neil Greenbaum, HIAS’ president and CEO. Since the U.S. refugee program was dramatically reduced after September 11, 2001, refugee admission numbers have slowly increased. “We learn from Jewish tradition that every life is precious and hope this positive trend of increasing refugee admissions will continue at an even faster pace,” Greenbaum says.

As the “address” for Jewish immigration, HIAS has been instrumental in advocating for fair and humane immigration policy. “As we move forward in the new fiscal year, we would like to see a renewed U.S. government commitment to refugee protection including expanded refugee admission, assistance to refugees overseas such as the Darfuri refugees in Chad, and enhanced protection of asylum seekers,” explains Greenbaum. “We also encourage the federal government to provide sufficient funding for the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State and the Office of Refugee Resettlement in 2006 and beyond, to permit these crucial goals to be met.”

The breakdown of HIAS arrivals by area of origin, for 2005 is as follows: Former Soviet Union, 876; Iran, 559; Bosnia, 1; Africa, 404; Southeast Asia, 125; Meskhetian Turks (FSU), 205.