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August 20, 2018

Refugee Resettlement in the First 10 Months of Fiscal Year 2018

During the first ten months of Fiscal Year 2018 (October 1, 2017 – July 31, 2018), the United States resettled 18,214 refugees, an almost 70% decrease from the 50,479 refugees settled during the first ten months of Fiscal Year 2017.

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Although there have been decreases in admissions across all religions, during the first ten months of the fiscal year, admissions for Muslims were down by almost 90% compared to the first ten months of FY17.  During the first ten months of FY 2017, Muslims comprised 43% of admitted refugees, compared to 15% of admitted refugees during the first ten months of FY 2018.

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Following the Muslim and Travel Bans, which barred refugees from 10 Muslim majority countries from entering the United States, only 543 refugees from the 11 banned countries have been admitted to the U.S. during the first ten months of Fiscal Year 2018, compared to the 22,562 admitted during the first ten months of Fiscal Year 2017.

Despite record breaking levels of global displacement, overall refugee admissions in the United States are down by almost 70% from last fiscal year. Notably, admissions from Near East and South Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean are experiencing large drops in admissions.