Issues Affecting Living Conditions

T-NSIAD-91-23: Published: Apr 18, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 1991.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

GAO discussed issues concerning the world's refugee population, focusing on: (1) U.S. contributions over the past decade to improve refugee conditions; and (2) living conditions. GAO noted that: (1) between 1980 and 1990, the United States contributed approximately $9.7 billion in cash and commodities for refugee assistance, with a third used for overseas efforts and two-thirds for the admission and resettlement of refugees in the United States; (2) funding shortages forced the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to sacrifice spending on sectors not necessary to sustain life, such as education and the search for longer-term solutions; (3) management and coordination of refugee programs varied widely; (4) refugee census figures were unreliable due to rapidly changing situations in refugee-producing countries; (5) U.S. contributions to UNHCR remained relatively stable in actual dollars over the past 10 years, but declined as a proportion of total donor contributions; (6) the United States remained the largest contributor to UNHCR; and (7) expenditures for admission and resettlement of refugees into the United States included processing refugee applications, cash, medical assistance, support services, and educational programs.

Oct 19, 2017

Oct 12, 2017

Oct 4, 2017

Sep 28, 2017

Sep 19, 2017

Sep 13, 2017

Sep 7, 2017

  • international icon: Art Explosion

    Diplomatic Security:

    Key Oversight Issues
    GAO-17-681SP: Published: Sep 7, 2017. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 2017.

Sep 5, 2017

Aug 29, 2017

Looking for more? Browse all our products here