State Letter #05-33
Presidential Determination No. 2006-03
TO: STATE REFUGEE COORDINATORS
NATIONAL VOLUNTARY AGENCIES
MUTUAL ASSISTANCE ASSOCIATIONS
OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES
FROM: Nguyen Van Hanh, Ph.D.
Office of Refugee Resettlement
SUBJECT: Presidential Determination No. 2006-03
On October 24, 2005, the President signed the FY 2006 Presidential Determination (PD) establishing the FY 2006 Admissions Numbers and Authorizations of In-Country Refugee Status for this fiscal year.
FY 2006 Admissions Numbers
The FY 2006 PD established a ceiling of up to 70,000 refugee admissions to the United States with an unallocated reserve of 10,000. This reserve "...shall be allocated to regional ceilings as needed." Upon providing notification to the Judiciary Committees of Congress, the Secretary of State is "...authorized to use unallocated numbers in regions where the need for additional numbers arises." Regional allocations for FY 2006 are as follows:
East Asia: 15,000
Europe and Central Asia: 15,000
Latin America/Caribbean: 5,000
Near East/South Asia: 5,000
Unallocated reserve: 10,000
Comparison to FY 2005
The Presidential Determination (PD) for FY 2005, which was signed by the President on September 30, 2004, allowed for 70,000 refugee admissions in six regions: Africa, 20,000; East Asia, 13,000; Europe and Central Asia, 9,500; Latin America/Caribbean, 5,000; and Near East/South Asia, 2,500. The FY 2005 PD also allowed for an unallocated reserve of 20,000, which was to be allocated as needed to regional ceilings where shortfalls developed.
Consistent with language in the FY 2005 PD the FY 2006 PD allows in-country processing for persons from Vietnam, Cuba, and the Former Soviet Union, who, if otherwise qualified, may "...be considered refugees for the purpose of admission to the United States within their countries of nationality or habitual residence..."
The FY 2006 Presidential Determination is attached. www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/10/print/20051024-4.html