Migration and Refugee Assistance

Migration and Refugee Assistance At A Glance

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The Migration and Refugee Assistance program provides assistance to unexpected and urgent needs of refugees, displaced persions, conflict victims and other persons at risk globally. 

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The Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 governs U.S. policy to support the unexpected and urgent needs of refugees, displaced persons, conflict victims and other persons at risk globally. The bill legislated that Congress would appropriate funds “from time to time” in order to make contributions to the United Nations migration apparatuses; to assist refugees designated by the President as being imperative to U.S. defense, security or foreign policy interests who cannot return due to political, ethnic, religious or racial persecution; to transport and resettle refugees; and to provide professional training. The bill requires congressional notification when funds are used, while giving the President broad transfer authority for related funds. Congress now regularly appropriates funds under the authority of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act, and the State Department says the program “provides critical support for regional stability, contributes to stabilization and early recovery in strategic areas, and helps prevent or mitigate extremism in weak or fragile states.”

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