US to Welcome Record Low of Persecuted; Refugee Crisis is at Record High

Canada has exceeded the United States in refugee resettlement

The United States used to be a world leader in refugee resettlement. However, that’s in the past as the country currently only admits a fraction of as many people as it once did. This change has allowed less persecuted Christians as well as other religious minorities in the United States.

The annual Global Trends report reported that 70.8 million children, men, and women were displaced against their will at the end of 2018. This is the highest in nearly 70-year history. This number is twice as many people as 20 years ago.

This figure may even be on the low side as the crisis in Venezuela is only partly reflected in the entire figure. There have been around four million Venezuelans who have left their country, which makes it one of the world’s largest displacement crisis.

This number is quite alarming as it brings about concerns over the fate of asylum seekers who are running from countries where religious liberty is being attacked. The data shows a decline of 82 percent of refugees in the United States between 2016 and 2019.

The number of Muslims welcomed into the U.S. coming from countries like this has dropped 90.7 percent while the number of Christians has fallen 70 percent.

If that’s a little hard to understand, you can grasp the magnitude of the problem with numbers. The United States resettled close to 47,000 refugees from U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom’s (USCIRF) countries of concern. However, at the current rate, less than 9,500 refugees from those same countries will be welcomed to the U.S. this year.

Matthew Soerens clarified “the most significant factor is the refugee ceiling, the maximum number of refugees to be allowed to the US each fiscal year, which the Refugee Act authorizes the president to set on an annual basis and which President Trump set last fall at a historically low 30,000.”

This is first time in history of the United Nations refugee program the U.S. has fallen behind any other country in resettlement numbers. Canada has exceeded the United States in refugee resettlement.


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