year: It will be the lowest ceiling on admissions since the program began in 1980, according to CTV. The announcement Monday came despite calls from global humanitarian groups that this year's cap of 45,000 was too low. Up to 30,000 refugees will be allowed into the country next year, down from a cap of 45,000 this year. Pompeo sought to head off potential criticism of the reduction by noting that the U.S. would process more than 280,000 asylum claims in addition to more than 800,000 already inside the country who are awaiting a resolution of their claims. The 30,000 cap is the maximum number of refugees the U.S. will admit during the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. These expansive figures continue the United States' long-standing record as the most generous nation in the world when it comes to protection-based immigration and assistance, he said. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.