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After Obama’s era, Christian refugees are welcomed in USA


A fair dealing is seen to accommodate Christian refugees in USA after the departure of Barak Hussain Obama from White House. It is clearly visible during the initial months of taking over the presidency of USA by Donald Trump. According to a Pew Research Centre analysis of US State Department refugee data, Christians made up 50% of all refugee arrivals from January 21 to June 30, 2017 compared with 38% who are Muslim. Some 11% of these arrivals belong to other religions, while about 1% of them do not claim any religious affiliation. This statistical comparison shows that more Christians than Muslim refugees have been welcomed in USA during this period.

After Obama’s era, Christian refugees are welcomed in USA

This comparison shows a contrast to year 2016, when a higher number of Muslim refugees entered the U.S. and Muslims share of admitted refugees was higher than the Christians i.e. 46% vs. 44%, respectively. However, the swing in the religious configuration of refugees since January falls in line with longer-term trends: Between fiscal years 2002 and 2016, Christians outnumbered Muslim refugees in all but three years – 2005, 2006 and 2016.

The religious association of refugees has come under analysis since Trump first executive order issued on January 27, 2017 announcing restrictions on people traveling into the U.S. from seven majority-Muslim countries Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

A temporary pause of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program, and a new, lower cap on refugee admissions set to 50,000 people annually. Legal challenges held up this executive order, but the U.S. Supreme Court recently allowed parts of the administration’s second version of the order, dated March 6, to take effect until the court hears the case sometime this fall.

It’s not clear why the religious alignment of refugees to the U.S. has altered since February 2017. Trump’s revised executive order states no religious preference for refugee admissions to USA.