Under the Trump administration, the variety of Muslim refugees admitted into the nation underneath the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program has plummeted over the previous two years, with numbers dropping to their lowest ranges in almost twenty years in fiscal yr 2018.
While numbers appeared to select up barely in fiscal yr 2019, with 4,900 Muslim refugees admitted into the nation, they signify a major drop from fiscal yr 2017, wherein greater than 20,000 Muslim refugees have been admitted into the U.S.
Meanwhile, in 2016, the variety of Muslim refugees coming into the U.S. hit a historic excessive of 38,900, outpacing Christian refugee admissions, which fell at round 37,500, in line with the Pew Research Center.
Over the previous two years, nonetheless, Muslim refugee admissions have sunk again to across the similar ranges they have been at in 2002, the yr after the occasions of September 11.
In the years since President Donald Trump took workplace, the U.S. has seen refugee admission numbers plummet throughout the board, with the federal government planning to confess a document low most of 18,000 refugees into the nation underneath the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program in fiscal yr 2020.
The new cap, which represents a major decline from the already lowered 30,000 restrict the Trump administration imposed in fiscal yr 2019, is the bottom the U.S. has seen within the 40 years because it began its Refugee Admissions Program.
But whereas Muslim refugees made up roughly 16 p.c of the 30,000 refugees admitted into the U.S. in fiscal yr 2019, Christian refugees accounted for almost 80 p.c of the group.
“Christians accounted for 79% of refugees who came to the U.S. in fiscal 2019,” a report from Jens Manuel Krogstad of the Pew Research Center states, citing federal information. “The U.S. admitted about 23,800 Christians, compared with about 4,900 Muslims and smaller numbers of other religious groups.”
As Krogstad notes, the disparity in admissions between the 2 non secular teams “marks a sharp reversal from several years ago.”
In fiscal yr, 2016, he notes, “Muslims accounted for 46% of the year’s refugees, the highest share since fiscal [year] 2006.”
Overall, since fiscal yr 2002, or from October 1, 2001 to September 30, 2019, when fiscal yr 2019 ended, the U.S. has admitted as many as 464,700 Christian refugees and about 310,700 Muslim refugees.
The disparity between the 2 non secular teams, nonetheless, may widen if the present sample continues over time to return.