Muslim Refugees Were Admitted at a Lower Rate During Trump’s Refugee Ban

Source: The New York Times

During the week when President Trump’s refugee ban was in effect, refugees were allowed in on a case-by-case basis. Just 15 percent of the 843 refugees who were admitted during this time were Muslim, compared with a weekly average of 45 percent in 2016.

Only two refugees were allowed in from the seven Muslim-majority countries affected by President Trump’s travel ban. About 1,800 refugees from these countries had arrived in the United States every week on average since 2016.

Countries like Myanmar, Bhutan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where a majority of refugees are non-Muslim, would also have been affected by the ban.

Top 15 countries of origin for refugees admitted in the 2016 fiscal year with majority Muslim refugees

Trump’s Order Cuts Refugees Allowed by More Than Half

Over 36,000 refugees from 117 countries have already been admitted to the United States since the start of the fiscal year last October, nearing the 50,000 ceiling set by President Trump in late January.

Under this new limit and without a refugee ban, the United States is on target to hit its cap on refugee admissions by mid-April, leaving almost six months when no refugees would be allowed into the country.

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