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Presidential Determination for FY 2006 Refugee Admissions


UNCLASSIFIED   STATE   00198318
R 262238Z OCT 05
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO ALL DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR POSTS COLLECTIVE

SUBJECT: PRESIDENTIAL DETERMINATION FOR FY 2006 REFUGEE ADMISSIONS

1.  The President signed the Presidential Determination
(PD) establishing Refugee Admissions levels for FY 2006
on October 24, 2005.

2.  The text of the Presidential Determination follows:
Presidential Determination No.  2006-03
Memorandum for the Secretary of State
SUBJECT:  Presidential Determination of FY 2006 Refugee
Admissions Numbers and Authorizations of In-Country
Refugee Status Pursuant to Sections 207 and 101(a)(42),
respectively, of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and
Determination Pursuant to Section 2(b)(2) of the
Migration and Refugee Assistance Act, as Amended
In accordance with Section 207 of the Immigration and
Nationality Act ("the Act") (8 U.S.C. 1157), as amended,
and after appropriate consultations with the Congress, I
hereby make the following determinations and authorize
the following actions:

The admission of up to 70,000 refugees to the United
States during FY 2006 is justified by humanitarian
concerns or is otherwise in the national interest;
provided, however, that this number shall be understood
as including persons admitted to the United States during
FY 2006 with Federal refugee resettlement assistance
under the Amerasian immigrant admissions program, as
provided below.

The 70,000 admissions numbers shall be allocated among
refugees of special humanitarian concern to the United
States in accordance with the following regional
allocations; provided, however, that the number allocated
to the East Asia region shall include persons admitted to
the United States during FY 2006 with Federal refugee
resettlement assistance under section 584 of the Foreign
Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs
Appropriations Act Of 1988, as contained in section
-101(e) of Public Law 100-202 (Amerasian immigrant and
their family members); provided further that the number
allocated to the former Soviet Union shall include
persons admitted who were nationals of the former Soviet
Union, or in the case of persons having no nationality,
who were habitual residents of the former Soviet Union,
prior to September 2, 1991.

Africa....................................20,000
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

The 10,000 unallocated refugee numbers shall be allocated
to regional ceiling as needed.  Upon providing
notification to the Judiciary Committees of the Congress,
you are hereby authorized to use unallocated numbers in
regions where the need for additional numbers arises.
Additionally, upon notification to the Judiciary
Committees of the Congress, you are further authorized to
transfer unused admission numbers allocated to a
particular region to one or more other regions, if there
is a need for greater numbers for the region or regions
to which the numbers are being transferred.  Consistent
with section 2(b)(2) of the Migration and Refugee
Assistance Act of 1962, as amended, I hereby determine
that assistance to or on behalf of persons applying for
admission to the United States as part of the overseas
refugee admissions program will contribute to the foreign
policy interests of the United States and designate such
persons for this purpose.

Consistent with section 101(a)(42) of the Act (8 U.S.C.
1101(a)(42)), and after appropriate consultation with the
Congress, I also specify that, for FY 2006, the following
persons may, if otherwise qualified, be considered
refugees for the purpose of admission to the United
States within their countries of nationality or habitual
residence:

A.  Persons in Vietnam
B.  Persons in Cuba
C.  Persons in the former Soviet Union
D.  In exceptional circumstances, persons identified by a
    U.S. Embassy in any location

You are authorized and directed to report this
determination to the Congress immediately and to publish
it in the Federal Register.

END TEXT.

RICE



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