President Authorizes Up to 80,000 Refugee Admissions for FY2011

In a Memorandum directed to the Secretary of State on October 8, 2010, President Obama authorized the admission to the US of up to 80,000 refugees based on humanitarian concerns and US national interests.  Regional allocations are as follows: Africa: 15,000, East Asia: 19,000, Europe and Central Asia: 2,000, Latin America/Caribbean: 5,500, Near East/South Asia: 35,500, Unallocated Reserve: 3,000.