Christian refugees to U.S. jump thanks to Trump

Friday, January 5, 2018
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesA study by an immigration enforcement think tank suggests that most refugees entering the United States for asylum identify as Christians. 

After examining State Department data, the Center for Immigration Studies says 53 percent of the refugees were Christians compared to 32 percent who identified as Muslims.

The numbers for a 10-month period, from October 2017 to December, showed that 60 percent of refugees identified as Christians and Muslims accounted for only 13 percent.

The increased numbers come after President Donald Trump vowed as a presidential candidate to slash the number of refugees but also let in more fleeing Christian refugees - and after the previous administration was accused of favoring Muslims. 

Numbers examined by CIS show that refugee numbers did fall during the first 11 months after Trump took office but the number of self-identified Christians jumped dramatically.  

Mark Krikorian, executive director of CIS, says the numbers reflect changes in the flow of people from Middle East countries.


"There's not as many Syrians being admitted now as President Obama wanted," he advises, referring to new, lower numbers set by the Trump administration. 

"The number of people from Iraq is also down, and Somalia," Krikorian continues, "and so what you have, just by default, there's a smaller percentage of Muslims and a larger percentage of Christians, and Buddhists also, among refugees who are coming here."

ISIS orange jumpsuits genocideAccused of favoring Muslim refugees over Christians in war-torn countries, the Obama administration refused to declare a "genocide" was occurring against minority Christians at the hands of ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria.  

In the closing days of the previous administration, CNS News reported that 0.8 percent of 15,479 Syrian refugees allowed into the U.S. were Christians, when they make up 10 percent of the population.

Citing figures over several years when war broke out in Syria, the story noted that Christians made up just 1.03 percent of 18,026 refugees.

Krikorian says the change in religious affiliations suggests that these Christian refugees, and their children, are less likely to show "integration problems" that are occurring in Europe, where Muslims are behind a wave of sexual assaults, anti-Semitic attacks, anti-police assaults, and petty crimes. 

The report by CIS can be read here.

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