Muslims Are Largest Refugee Group Entering U.S.


Out of the 63,000 refugees brought into the U.S. this fiscal year (beginning Oct. 1, 2015), the largest group are Muslims, says a new report from the Pew Research Center.

For the past four years, the number of Muslim refugees brought to the U.S. has exceeded 25,000 annually, and this year is the highest yet, at 28,957.  

This fiscal year is not over yet, but so far, the Pew report reveals escalating numbers:

28,957 – Muslim

27,556 – Christian

2,500 – Buddhist

1,500 – Hindu

338 – Atheists or No Religious Affiliation

The Obama administration had set a ceiling of 85,000 refugees to be admitted for this fiscal year, which will end Oct. 1.   So far, more than 63,000 have been admitted.

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According to Pew Research Center, the refugees are screened and processed overseas.  Part of the application process includes a series of questions, including their religious affiliation.  Upon approval of their applications, they are sent to the U.S. and non-profit or religious groups are paid by the Office of Refugee Resettlement to embed them into communities across the country.

This year, the Muslim refugees came from the following countries:

8,511 – Syria

7,234 – Somalia

6,071 – Iraq

2,554 – Burma (Myanmar)

1,948 – Afghanistan

2,639 – Other countries

Obama had pledged to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees to the U.S. this year.   As of the middle of August, 8,569 have been received, with 99% being Muslim and less than 1% are Christian.

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