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Refugees in the US – 84,995 admitted in 2016

The U.S. admitted 84,995 refugees in the fiscal year ending in September 2016, the most in capture-decran-2017-01-30-a-08-35-40any year during the Obama administration. An additional 31,143 refugees have been admitted to the U.S. from Oct. 1 through Jan. 24, including more than 1,136 refugee admissions since Trump became president on Jan. 20. Though refugee admissions would drastically drop under Trump’s proposal, the U.S. had been on pace to reach the Obama administration’s goal of admitting 110,000 refugees in fiscal 2017, which would have been the highest number since 1994.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Key facts about U.S. refugees | Pew Research Center

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