The United States will admit no more than 30,000 refugees in the coming fiscal year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday, the lowest number in decades and a steep cut from the 45,000 allowed in this year.

The number of refu­gee admissions is less than half a percentage point of the almost 69 million refugees in the world today. But Pompeo said the United States remains the most generous nation in the world when other aid to refugees is taken into account.

He said the lower cap should not be the “sole barometer” of American humanitarian measures, but “must be considered in the context of the many other forms of protection and assistance offered by the United States.”