Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

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Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
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Bureau overview
Formed 1993; 23 years ago (1993)[1]
Preceding bureau
  • Bureau of Refugee Programs
Jurisdiction Executive branch of the United States
Employees 120 (as of 2006)[1]
Annual budget $997 million (As of 2005)[1]
Bureau executive
Parent department U.S. Department of State
Website Official Website

The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) is a bureau within the United States Department of State.

It has primary responsibility for formulating policies on population, refugees, and migration, and for administering U.S. refugee assistance and admissions programs. The Bureau is headed by the Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration. The Assistant Secretary for the bureau is Anne C. Richard.

The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) provides aid for and seeks to enhance the protection of refugees, victims of conflict and stateless people around the world, and manages the US Refugee Admissions Program to resettle refugees in the United States. PRM is a major funder of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other aid groups. PRM also promotes the United States' population and migration policies in international fora and with other governments. PRM's Assistant Secretary Anne C. Richard was confirmed on March 29, 2012.

PRM's principal authorities derive from statutes, including the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 and the Refugee Act of 1980.[1]

History[edit]

The bureau's predecessor, the Bureau of Refugee Programs, began in 1980. In 1993, the bureau added population issues to its portfolio, and the bureau was changed into its current form, the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.[1]

Organization[edit]

The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration is divided into nine unique offices.[2][3]

  • Office of the Comptroller
  • Office of Policy and Resource Planning
  • Office of Multilateral Coordination and External Relations – Communicates U.S. policy in multilateral organizations, including UNHCR, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the International Organization for Migration
  • Office of Refugee Admissions
  • Office of Population and International Migration – Represents the United States in the United Nations Population Fund and the UN Commission on Population and Development
  • Office of Assistance for Africa
  • Office of Assistance for Europe, Central Asia, and the Americas
  • Office of Assistance for Asia and the Near East
  • Executive Office

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