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US slashes number of refugees to 30,000
World | politics | 17:12, 18 September 2018 | 569

AKIPRESS.COM - The US says it will cap the number of refugees allowed into the country next year at a near record low of 30,000, BBC reports.

It compares with a 45,000-refugee limit set by President Donald Trump for 2018 and 50,000 the year before.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced "the new refugee ceiling", adding the US would also process more than 280,000 asylum seekers in 2019.

The refugee cap is the lowest since the aftermath of 9/11, when 27,131 refugees were allowed into the US in 2002.

Over the past decade, the number of refugees admitted to the US has fluctuated from a low of 48,282 in 2007 to a high of 84,995 in 2016.

The US refugee programme was set up in 1980.

According to the New York Times, Monday's announcement represents the lowest ceiling any president has imposed on the programme since its creation.

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