Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) is the humanitarian bureau of the State Department. PRM promotes U.S. interests by providing protection, easing suffering, and resolving the plight of persecuted and forcibly displaced people around the world. We do this by coordinating humanitarian policy and diplomacy, providing life-sustaining assistance, working with multilateral organizations to build global partnerships, and promoting best practices in humanitarian response.
Ambassador Henshaw served our country with honor and distinction for 35 years. His commitment to service reflects great credit upon our country and the institution he faithfully served. He will be greatly missed.View the Secretary of State's Statement About the Passing of Simon Henshaw
November 13, 2020
Humanitarian Assistance Overseas
PRM supports efforts to protect and assist refugees and vulnerable migrants around the world. We maintain our enduring humanitarian commitments by working to assist refugees and other displaced people as close to their home countries as possible until they can safely and voluntarily return.Learn More About Humanitarian Assistance by Region Humanitarian Assistance Overseas
On September 30, the Department of State, together with the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Health and Human Services, submitted the President’s Report to Congress on the Proposed Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2021. Following consultation with Congress, the Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions will be issued by the White House. In FY 2021, the United States anticipates resettling up to 15,000 refugees.Learn More About The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program Refugee Admissions
Through humanitarian diplomacy and close work with foreign governments, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations, PRM supports protection and assistance to ease the suffering of the most vulnerable around the world, seeks durable solutions to their plight and contributes to broader USG and international efforts to resolve conflicts that cause displacement. The U.S. leads the world as the largest single humanitarian donor. We expect others to help share in the burden and responsibility of assisting refugees and other displaced people.Learn More About Our Specific Policies Policy Issues