Fewer refugees find resettlement in San Diego County

first_imgFewer refugees find resettlement in San Diego County February 23, 2018 Sasha Foo, Posted: February 23, 2018 Sasha Foo center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 8:51 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Around the globe, more than 22 million people are considered refugees, in extreme danger of violence, disease outbreaks and war.With the implementation of new federal immigration policies, the number of new arrivals to the United States and to San Diego County has plummeted. According to recent government data, 40 refugees have been resettled in the county since the start of the fiscal year on Oct. 1, a decline of 96 percent over the same period last year.Resettlement agencies that work with the refugees say they are concerned about the falling numbers. Donna Duvin, the head of the International Rescue Committee in San Diego said President Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim majority countries is one of the reasons that fewer refugees are being admitted.Dr. Robert Moser, the executive director of Catholic Charities in San Diego which has been active in refugee resettlement for more than 40 years described the decline in refugees as “precipitous, almost a complete curtailment.”He noted that the federal government has imposed a more restrictive ceiling on refugees, reducing the number from 85,000 in 2016 to 45,000.“All those who don’t arrive are still in harm’s way. All across the globe, there are people that will not be able to come to a place like the United States where they’re protected and they have an opportunity for a better life,” Moser said. last_img read more