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Pew: Christian Refugees Outnumber Muslims Under Trump

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By Jason Devaney   |   Friday, 14 Jul 2017 01:49 PM

More Christian refugees have arrived in the United States under President Donald Trump than Muslims, a shift from the previous administration.

The Pew Research Center looked at data from the Department of State and concluded that 9,598 Christians have emigrated to the U.S. from Jan. 21 to June 30. 7,250 Muslim refugees came to the U.S. during the same time frame.

Pew notes that during the final fiscal year of President Barack Obama's time in office, Muslim refugees outnumbered Christians.

A closer look at the refugee data under the Trump administration:

  • Since April, Christians have made up more than 50 percent of all refugees who have come to the U.S., spiking at 57 percent in May and June.
  • 17 percent of refugees this year have come from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • 13 percent of refugees have come from Burma.
  • 10 percent of refugees have come from Iraq and Somalia, while 9 percent have come from Syria.

Trump signed a temporary ban on travel from seven Muslim-dominated countries and suspended the refugee program from Syria earlier this year, an order that was struck down by the courts. He signed an amended order in March, which was struck down by the courts until the Supreme Court ruled it to be Constitutional in June. 

A further amended version of that order is now in place.

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