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Nearly half of 2016 refugees to US are Muslim

August 25, 2016

WASHINGTON — According to a recent Pew Research Center analysis of data from the State Department’s Refugee Processing Center, of the more than 63,000 refugees who have entered the United States this fiscal year, nearly half (46 percent) were Muslim — the highest amount of Muslim refugees admitted in any year since 2002. Just two countries, Syria and Somalia, were the source of more than half of the 28,957 Muslim refugees admitted this year, according to Pew. The remaining refugees are from Iraq, Burma, Afghanistan and other countries.  Christians are the second-largest group of refugees admitted, totaling 27,556. A far larger number of Christian refugees than Muslim have been admitted to the U.S. since fiscal year 2002. The U.S. has admitted 389,712...

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