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United Nations Pegs Count of Refugees Affected by Ban at 20,000

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On Monday, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the U.N.’s refugee agency, issued a statement on the consequences of President Donald Trump‘s executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. After saying that commissioner Filippo Grandi is “deeply worried” by what’s going on, the statement laid out the number of people that the U.N. estimates are affected by the executive order. Their tally has 800 refugees set to enter the U.S. this week locked out, with 20,000 affected over the course of the 120 day ban. The larger number is “based on average monthly figures for the last 15 years.”

“Refugees share the very same concerns about security and safety that Americans have,” the statement says. “They themselves are fleeing war, persecution, oppression and terrorism. The individuals and families UNHCR refers to governments for resettlement are the most vulnerable – such as people needing urgent medical assistance, survivors of torture, and women and girls at risk. The new homes provided by resettlement countries are life-saving for people who have no other options.”

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