United States Admits More Muslim Refugees Than Christian Refugees

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With about six weeks left in this fiscal year, the Obama administration has reached its target of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States.

As of Monday, the U.S. had admitted a total of 66,480 refugees from 74 countries since the beginning of FY 2016.  The Obama administration has opened the door to more Muslims than Christians from around the world.

According to the Pew Research Center, this is the first time in a decade that the U.S. has admitted more Muslim refugees into the country than Christian refugees.

Of the 66,480 refugees, 30,543 (45.94 percent) are Muslims and 28,973 (43.58 percent) are Christians.

The large number of Muslim refugees are from Syria (9,322 Muslims out of a total of 9,389 refugees), Somalia (7,524 Muslims of a total of 7,528 refugees), and Iraq (6,276 Muslims of a total of 7,742 refugees.)

The largest amount of Christian refugees are from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (10,477 Christians of a total of 11,180 refugees), Burma (6,761 Christians of a total of 10,747 refugees), Eritrea (1,400 Christians of a total of 1,686 refugees), and Bhutan (1,100 Christians of a total of 4,954 refugees.)

Besides Muslim and Christian refugees, the United States has taken in 2,642 Buddhists (a majority from Burma and Bhutan), 1,652 Hindus (mostly from Bhutan), 458 Baha’i (mostly from Iran) and 293 Yazidi (from Iraq and Syria).

According to State Department Refugee Processing Center data, here is a breakdown of the 30,543 Muslim refugees admitted during this fiscal year:

–14,241 Sunnis: 9,229 from Syria and 3,590 from Iraq;

–3,904 Shi’a: 2,472 Iraqis and 1,141 Afghans;

–12,116 refugees self-reported simply as “Moslem:” 7,090 from Somalia and 2,614 from Burma;

–268 Ahmadi Muslims: all from Pakistan

14 “Moslem Ismaici:” from Afghanistan

For Christian refugees, here are where the largest groups are from:

–12,299 described simply as “Christian:” large groups from Burma, Bhutan and the DRC;

–4,569 Pentecostals: many from the DRC and Ukraine;

–3,360 Catholics: about half of them from the DRC;

–2,098 Protestants: more than half of them from the DRC.


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