Jun 24 2017
TRUMP EFFECT: Even with the Muslim travel ban tied up in the courts, refugee resettlement in the U.S. plummets
2,070 Refugees Arrived in U.S. in March; 54% Drop From February. The number has steadily declined in FY 2017, from 9,945 refugees admitted to the U.S. last October, to 8,355 in November, 7,371 in December and 6,777 in January.
CNS News The data suggest that the Obama administration, as it was about to turn over power to Trump, significantly stepped up the number of refugees admitted. Arrivals in its final three months reflected an 86% year-over-year increase compared to the same period the previous year.
The number of refugees admitted to the United States dropped in March to its lowest monthly tally of the current fiscal year, even as the implementation of President Trump’s latest immigration executive order continues to be held up by federal courts.
In a continuing declining trend, 2,070 refugees arrived during March, an approximately 54.79 percent drop from the 4,579 recorded in February, according to State Department Refugee Processing Center data.
The number has steadily declined in FY 2017, from 9,945 refugees admitted to the U.S. last October, to 8,355 in November, 7,371 in December and 6,777 in January.
Of the 2,070 refugees resettled in March, the largest contingents came from Somalia (335), Syria (282), Burma (278), Iraq (192), Democratic Republic of Congo (184), Ukraine (167) and Iran (101).
The new order again included a ceiling on 50,000 refugees overall to be admitted during FY 2017. Trump declared that allowing more than that “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.”
With the fiscal year now halfway through, 39,098 refugees had arrived as of March 31, of whom 30,122 arrived before the end of the Obama administration and 8,967 since Trump’s inauguration.
The countries of origin of the biggest groups of resettled refugees in FY 2017 are the Democratic Republic of Congo (6,698), Syria (5,839), Iraq (5,676), Somalia (4,917), Burma (3,270), Ukraine (2,600), Bhutan (2,132), Iran (1,969) and Afghanistan (1,027).
Of the six terror-susceptible countries whose citizens (as opposed to those seeking refugee status) were banned for entry under the now suspended executive order, four are well-represented in the FY 2017 refugee admission statistics: Syria (5,839), Somalia (4,917), Sudan (627), and Iran (1,696). The last two, Yemen and Libya, accounted for just 18 and three refugees respectively.
The U.S. has admitted 18,135 Syrian refugees since the Paris attacks, including 5,839 during FY 2017, and 1,221 since the start of the Trump administration.
Of the 18,135 admitted since the Nov. 2015 attacks, 98.8 percent were Muslims, 0.9 percent Christians, and 0.3 percent Yazidis and others. Of the 1,221 Syrian refugees admitted since the start of the Trump administration, 98.5 percent were Muslims, 1.2 percent Christians and 0.2 percent Yazidis.
Trump’s revised executive order dropped a provision in the original one that called for the prioritizing of refugees from religious minorities. (That was a big mistake considering that Christians and Yazidis are more persecuted in Muslim countries than anyone else)