Very hard for U.S. to meet initial refugee goal this year, Blinken says

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks about global response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at State Department in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It will be “very hard” for President Joe Biden’s administration to meet a previous goal that would have raised the cap to 62,500 refugee admissions this fiscal year, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a television interview broadcast on Sunday.

“It’s going to be very hard to meet the 62,000 (goal) this fiscal year. But we’re going to be revisiting this over the coming weeks,” Blinken said on ABC’s This Week news program.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart, Editing by Nick Zieminski)

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