President Obama is determined to flood the U.S. with more refugees at a time when legal and illegal immigration into the country is already at an unsustainable rate. He expects to make it so 10,000 refugees, mostly with Sunni Muslim backgrounds, from the Middle East arrive by the end of summer 2016.
However, one state in the U.S. stands out more than any other in terms of having the most refugees: Michigan. More Syrian refugees have settled in Michigan than any other state since the Syrian civil war started five years ago, and more are expected to arrive this summer despite the state wanting to restrict the numbers. Gov. Rick Snyder has said he wanted to stop Syrian refugees from coming until they could be properly vetted.
505 Syrian refugees settled in Michigan between May 2011 and May 31, 2016, and most live in he Metro Detroit area and primarily in Oakland and Wayne counties. State governments have no ruling in how many refugees are resettled in their communities. More than 4,600 Syrian refugees have relocated to the U.S. between May 2011 and May 31, 2016
“It’s not a surprise and, in my opinion, it’s not a very high number,” said Jeralda Hattar, director of immigration and refugee services for Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan. “Michigan has been home to a large number of refugees from all over the world for a long time.”
Many citizens believe allowing them to settle in the U.S. opens up the possibility of attacks by terrorists posing as the refugees. Others, like Hattar, argue those concerns are overblown.
Here is a broken down list, by state, of how many Syrian refugees have been relocated in the U.S.:
New Hampshire: 8
New Jersey: 158
New Mexico: 10
New York: 165
North Carolina: 190
Rhode Island: 34
South Carolina: 2
West Virginia: 1
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