The number of refugees admitted to the U.S. has fallen, especially among Muslims

Source: Pew Research Center

Syrian refugee Baraa Haj Khalaf receives a kiss from her mother, Fattoum Haj Khalaf, in February 2017 shortly after the family had arrived at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Her daughter Sham is held by her sister Aya at right. (Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian refugee Baraa Haj Khalaf receives a kiss from her mother, Fattoum Haj Khalaf, in February 2017 shortly after the family had arrived at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Her daughter Sham is held by her sister Aya at right. (Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images)

The number of Muslim refugees admitted to the United States in the first half of fiscal 2018 has dropped from the previous year more than any other religious group, falling to nearly 1,800 compared with the roughly 22,900 admitted in all of fiscal 2017, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. State Department data. The low point in Muslim admissions was set in the year after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The reduction in Muslim refugee admissions is part of an overall slowdown in admissions. About 10,500 refugees, including about 6,700 Christians, entered the U.S. from Oct. 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018 – far behind the 39,100 admissions at this point in fiscal 2017 (including 18,500 Muslims and 16,900 Christians). As a result of these changes, Christians account for a far larger share of refugees admitted than Muslims the first half of fiscal 2018 (63% vs. 17%). By comparison, in full fiscal 2017 Christians (47%) and Muslims (43%) were more evenly split, and in fiscal 2016 the Muslim share (46%) slightly exceeded the Christian share (44%).

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  1. This is not a surprise, it’s expected of Trump administration and of Trump. But the real question is what will he do to the remaining Muslims at his mercy, living in the United States. He can become mother Teresa to the or Adolf Hitler , his choice. Seems to me he had made his decisions a time ago. Hope he opens eyes soon, before it’s too late.

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