U.S. Resettles Fewer Refugees, Even as Global Number of Displaced People Grows

Source: Pew Research Center

Mohammad Mobin smiles on Feb. 1 after greeting his sister's family, who had arrived as refugees from Afghanistan at an air base near Omaha, Nebraska. (Megan Farmer/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Mohammad Mobin smiles on Feb. 1 after greeting his sister’s family, who had arrived as refugees from Afghanistan at an air base near Omaha, Nebraska. (Megan Farmer/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

The U.S. has resettled more refugees than any other country – about 3 million since 1980. Generally, in years when more people around the globe are displaced by conflict, violence or persecution in their countries, the number of refugees resettled by the U.S. has increased. But in the last few years, the number of refugees annually resettled by the U.S. has not consistently grown in step with a worldwide refugee population that has expanded nearly 50% since 2013, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and U.S. State Department data.

Across the globe in 2016, there were about 17.2 million people displaced from their homes due to conflict or persecution across international borders, according to UNHCR.1 That is a new global high point that rivals the early 1990s, following the fall of the Berlin Wall. On average, between 1982 and 2016, the U.S. resettled about 0.6% of the globe’s total refugee population each year.

Each year, UNHCR identifies a portion of all officially recognized refugees as candidates for resettlement in the U.S. or other countries. In recent years, about 1 million individuals per year have been identified for resettlement. Of this number, only a fraction of refugees are typically resettled. In 2016, for example, out of approximately 1 million eligible refugees identified by UNHCR, an estimated 189,000 were resettled worldwide, with more than half (51%) of these ending up in the United States. Between 1982 and 2016, the U.S. admitted more than two-thirds (69%) of the world’s resettled refugees, followed by Canada (14%) and Australia (11%).2

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  1. My advice To Muslim refugee:
    1. You have to be grateful and appreciate to America and its people you are wellcome to live here in peace and you will get job and earn money to feed your family.

    2. My parents advice me when the first time I left my home to other city to continue my study: They said: when you live in other tradition you have to follow their rule and assimilate soon as possible their tradition. Make them happy and do not demand anything they do not like it.

    If it is hard for you to assimilate and to follow their rule againt you tradition you better come back to where you belong.

    3. Do not follow a cleric or Islamic leader who want to promote Syariah law.

    4. If company where you work at, ask you not to wear hijab, follow it otherwise you will lose your job.

    5. Do not ask / demand your employer ( boss) time for prayer, you can pray when you get home.

    As long as you follow the rule and assimilate new culture or tradition you will be fine and you will be happy to live in majority Christian.

    As we know that Islam is peaceful religion if you follow Islam flexiblely. Islam is a religion of flexible, Islam is not make you in difficulty.
    May Allah guide and give your strength to follow the rule in new home and new tradition amin
    All love

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