Refugee Admissions in US Lowest in 15 Years; Proportion of Muslims Shrinking

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August saw the lowest number of refugee admissions in 15 years, while the percentage of Muslims is declining sharply. 913 refugees were admitted to the US last month and that’s the first time in a decade and a half when the monthly intake of refugees drops under 1000. Also, this is the lowest number of monthly admissions since 2002.

Since President Trump entered the White House, the pattern with regard to refugee admissions is obvious: the Muslim proportion of refugees is declining in comparison to Christians and other faiths. Of the nine hundred and thirteen refugees who entered the United States in August 2017, 60,3 percent/551 were Christians, and among them the biggest group consisted of 185 Pentecostals and 53 Baptists, both groups coming from civil-war torn Ukraine.

Muslims made for 24.1 percent/220, i.e. a much smaller group compared to previous years, which included 47 Sunnis from Syria and 48 from Iraq. The remaining 15,5 percent/142 refugees were either from other religions (36 Hindus, 42 Buddhists, mostly from Bhutan) or unaffiliated.

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To put things into perspective, 49 percent of refugees admitted into the United States in January of 2017 were Muslims and only 40 percent were Christians. Since January, the proportion of Christian refugees entering the United States has grown, while the proportion of Muslims has generally declined. All the data regarding refugee admissions in the United States is provided by State Department Refugee Processing Center data.

Between President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January and the end of August, 21,270 refugees were admitted in the United States, of which 51.6 percent were of Christian faith and 37 percent were Muslims. During the same period last year, during Obama’s administration that is, (January-August 2016), 43,9% or the refugees admitted in the US were Christians and 46,6% were of Muslim faith (out of 56,135 refugees total).

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I know that it  may sound like too much common sense and disturbingly logical for the average social justice warrior out there, but stick with me on this one: shouldn’t Ukrainian refugees seek refuge in the EU instead of US, as they’re European after all, Europe is much closer than the US and  Ukrainians are sharing the same culture and the same values as their neighbors? And the same stands for Muslim refugees, who should seek shelter in peaceful (and very rich) neighboring countries, the likes of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran etc instead of traveling hundreds/thousands of miles to Europe/the US, as  neighboring Muslim countries also share their religion and their values making integration a child’s play? And refugees from Bhutan should be settled in India or Nepal and so forth and so on?


Photo © Hani Amara / Reuters