Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

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Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
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Bureau overview
Formed1993; 30 years ago (1993)[1]
Preceding bureau
  • Bureau of Refugee Programs
JurisdictionExecutive branch of the United States
Employees225 (FY 2016)[1]
Annual budget$3.1 billion (FY 2015)[1]
Bureau executive
Parent departmentU.S. Department of State
Websitewww.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-population-refugees-and-migration/ Edit this at Wikidata

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; this office is currently vacant. The current Bureau head is PRM Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard Albright in his capacity as Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary. Albright has headed PRM since January 20, 2021.[2]

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


The bureau's predecessor, the Bureau of Refugee Programs, began in late-1979. 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]


The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration is divided into ten unique offices.[3][4]

  • Front Office
  • Office of the Comptroller
  • Office of the Executive Director
  • Office of Policy and Resource Planning
  • Office of Multilateral Coordination and External Relations
  • Office of Refugee Admissions
    • Refugee Processing Center
  • Office of Population and International Migration
  • Office of Assistance for Africa
  • Office of Assistance for Europe, Central Asia, and the Americas
  • Office of Assistance for Asia and the Near East


  1. ^ a b c d e "Inspection of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration". Inspector General of the Department of State. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  2. ^ "Richard Albright". state.gov. United States Department of State. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  3. ^ "1 FAM 520 Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM)" (PDF). Foreign Affairs Manual. U.S. Department of State. June 7, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2016.
  4. ^ "State Department Student Internship Brochure" (PDF). U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Human Resources. September 2014. Retrieved December 10, 2015.

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