Nearly half of the refugees who have entered the United States since the beginning of the fiscal year are Muslim, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from the State Department’s Refugee Processing Center.
The United States has received 28,957 Muslim refugees which is 46% of more than 93,000 refugees who have entered the country since the fiscal year began on October 1, 2015.
The number indicates that this year the U.S. has received the highest number of Muslim refugees of any year since 2002.
According to Pew Research Center, two countries – Syria and Somalia – were the source of over half of this year’s Muslim refugees. The rest are from Iraq, Burma, Afghanistan, and other countries.
Since 2002, the number of Christian refugees entering the U.S. was overall higher than Muslim refugees, but the trend has changed in 2016, as more Muslim refugees than ever entered the country.
The US government set the goal of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States this year. Until now, 86% of that number are resettled. Among the 8,569 Syrian refugees who immigrated to the U.S., 99% are Muslim and only less than 1% are Christian.
In 2010, Pew Research Center estimated Syria’s religious composition to be 93% Muslim and 5% Christian.
The number of refugees from Syria has gone up since ISIS took control over parts of the country. The foreign-backed terrorist group has committed atrocities inside Syria and Iraq.