US Resettles More Christian Refugees Than Muslims as Overall Numbers Plummet

Children stand in a muddy street at a refugee camp on January 26, 2018, at the Syrian town of Azaz. (Photo: Ozan Kose / AFP / Getty Images)

Children stand in a muddy street at a refugee camp on January 26, 2018, at the Syrian town of Azaz. (Photo: Ozan Kose / AFP / Getty Images)

The Trump administration appears to be making good on its promise to ban Muslims from the US, despite court orders prohibiting such a policy. As of February 7, only 281 Muslim refugees have been admitted in 2018, compared to 1,200 Christian refugees. By drastically slowing down the resettlement process, especially for Muslim-majority countries, the administration is implementing its ban in an underhanded way.

Children stand in a muddy street at a refugee camp on January 26, 2018, at the Syrian town of Azaz. (Photo: Ozan Kose / AFP / Getty Images)Children stand in a muddy street at a refugee camp on January 26, 2018, at the Syrian town of Azaz. (Photo: Ozan Kose / AFP / Getty Images)

The Trump administration has drastically reduced the number of refugees allowed into the United States, but even as overall levels fall, the country is resettling more Christians than Muslims.

According to official State Department data, numbers are down across the board for refugee resettlement, but the drop appears to be especially acute for Muslims. In 2017, 11,493 Muslim refugees were resettled, while 15,548 Christians were. As of February 7, 281 Muslim refugees have been admitted this year, compared with 1,200 Christians, continuing a trend from the first six months of Trump’s time in office. Of the five countries in the world that produce the most refugees, four are majority Muslim.

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