In a statement the agencies said to strongly believe the refugees should receive equal treatment and hope United States to continue its strong leadership role in protecting those who are fleeing war and persecution. And it caps the total number of refugees eligible for resettlement to 50,000 this year.
The UNHCR and IOM urged the new administration to continue its work with the UN and other agencies to ensure "vital" resettlement programmes for people fleeing conflict and persecution, whatever their background.
"We will continue to engage actively and constructively with the USA government as we have done for decades to protect those who need it most, and to offer our support on asylum and migration matters, " it stated. "We know nothing about them", Trump told Fox News' Sean Hannity last Thursday. It also imposed a 90-day ban on entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries.
The UN has cautioned the USA government on the "Refugee Order" signed on Friday by President Donald Trump temporarily banning refugees into the country from seven countries.
He claimed his administration needed time to develop more stringent screening processes for refugees, immigrants and visitors.
Just gaining refugee status is a hard process, and most of the millions who seek it do not get it.
Amnesty International warned the move could have "catastrophic consequences", saying some of the worst fears about a Trump presidency were already being realised. "The irony beggars belief". Save the Children takes no issue with proposals to further ideal the vetting process to protect our nation's safety, but we must remember that resettling refugees reinforces our security by supporting key allies that are disproportionately affected by forced displacement.
"We've taken in tens of thousands of people". As many as 20,000 people will be prevented from resettling to the United States during over the next four months.
The statement said the United Nations agencies also urged equal treatment for refugees and migrants without discrimination.
Some 25,000 refugees were resettled in the United States between October and year-end under UNHCR's program for the most vulnerable, the agency said on Friday. Refugees already go through extensive vetting: a refugee's identity is checked against law enforcement and intelligence databases of at least five federal agencies, a process that takes almost two years.