Since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the United States’ refugee program has slowly diminished.
However, with the refugee program is still alive, Trump has done something former President Barack Obama never did with refugees — prioritize Christians escaping persecution.
Since January, more Christian refugees have been admitted to the U.S. than Muslim refugees, a massive change from the Obama administration.
Almost 9,600 refugees associated with the Christian faith have been resettled in the U.S. in the last six months, accounting for roughly 50 percent of all refugee resettlements, according to research by Pew.
Meanwhile, 7,250 Muslim refugees have been admitted in that same time period, or about 38 percent of all admissions, breaking with former President Obama’s refugee resettlement norms where foreign Muslims were the largest religious group resettled in the country.
Beginning in February of this year, the share of Muslim refugees being admitted to the U.S. has increasingly gotten smaller, with the portion of Muslims dipping to just 29 percent of all refugee resettlements in May.
In 2005, 2006, and 2016, the number of Muslim refugees admitted to the U.S. far outweighed the number of Christians, with the vast majority coming from Somalia in the earlier years and from Syria last year.
In recent months, under Trump, the origin of refugees coming to the U.S. has changed, with Iran being the only Muslim-majority nation in the top six countries where refugees are mostly arriving from.
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