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Friday, August 19, 2016

Muslims comprise nearly half of all refugees sent to the US so far in fiscal 2016. Already this year the US has admitted a record high number of Muslim refugees since 2002 when data became available. Less than 1% of Syrian refugees to the US in 2016 are Christian. Refugees are processed overseas and queried about their religion and other matters before being sent to the US-Pew Research, August 16, 2016

99% of Syrian refugees sent to the US so far in 2016 are Muslim, less than 1% are Christian.

8/16/16, "Nearly half of refugees entering the U.S. this year are Muslim," Pew Research, Phillip Connor

"The U.S. has received 28,957 Muslim refugees so far in fiscal year 2016, or nearly half (46%) of the more than 63,000 refugees who have entered the country since the fiscal year began Oct. 1, 2015, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from the State Department’s Refugee Processing Center. That means that already this year the U.S. has admitted the highest number of Muslim refugees of any year since data on self-reported religious affiliations first became publicly available in 2002....

People seeking to enter the U.S. as refugees are processed overseas. As part of the process, they are asked a series of questions, including their religious affiliation. When their applications are approved, refugees travel to the U.S. to be resettled by nonprofit groups associated with the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Refugees to the U.S. are different from asylum seekers, who claim asylum after already being in the U.S. or crossing into the U.S. via an airport or land border. 

Refugees make up a small percentage (about one-in-ten) of the roughly 1 million immigrants granted lawful permanent residency in the U.S. each year. Because the U.S. government does not keep track of the religion of new legal immigrants, it is not possible to say what share of all recent immigrants are Muslim.... 

Just two countries – Syria (8,511) and Somalia (7,234) – were the source of more than half of this year’s Muslim refugees. The rest are from Iraq (6,071), Burma (Myanmar) (2,554), Afghanistan (1,948) and other countries (2,639)....

This year, about 6,552 refugees (10%) are members of faiths other than Islam or Christianity. More than 2,500 belong to Buddhist traditions while about another 1,500 are Hindu. A much lower number of refugees in 2016 are atheists or claim no religious affiliation (338 refugees overall, or 1% of all refugees this year).

As of mid-August, the U.S. has received more than 63,000 refugees, about 22,000 short of the 85,000 ceiling set by the Obama administration at the beginning of fiscal 2016. Burma (Myanmar) (10,464 as of mid-August), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (10,417), Syria (8,569) and Iraq (7,479) are the top origin countries of refugees arriving thus far in 2016. Together, refugees from these four nations represent more than half (58%) of all refugees admitted to the U.S. this fiscal year.
The administration set the goal of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S. this year. As of the middle of August, the administration is about 86% of the way toward its goal. Among the 8,569 Syrian refugees received, 99% are Muslim and less than 1% are Christian. As a point of comparison, Pew Research Center estimated Syria’s religious composition to be 93% Muslim and 5% Christian in 2010."


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