A total of 3,957 refugees were admitted into the United States in May, a 19.3 percent increase over April’s figures and a 91.1 percent jump from March’s low point of 2,070 admissions.
In the first eight months of fiscal 2017, the U.S. has admitted a total of 46,371 refugees.
While the second consecutive monthly increase, May’s admission numbers are still the third lowest for any month in fiscal years 2016 and 2017, after 3,316 in April and 2,070 in March.
May’s 3,957 compares to 6,511 refugees admitted in May 2016.
The countries accounting for the largest numbers of refugees who arrived in May were the Democratic Republic of Congo (799), Burma (660), Bhutan (389), Ukraine (374), Somalia (294), Eritrea (276), Iraq (214), Syria (156) and Iran (125), according to State Department Refugee Processing Center data.
The admissions for May bring to 16,249 the number of refugees resettled in the U.S. since President Trump took office, with the largest contingents coming from the DRC (2,683), Burma (2,216), Iraq (1,696), Somalia(1,655) and Syria (1,603).
Trump’s executive orders seeking to halt all refugee admissions for 120 days, and to limit overall refugee admission numbers to 50,000 in the current fiscal year, remain tied up in court proceedings.
During the first eight months of fiscal year 2017, 46,371 refugees have arrived – 16,249 since Trump’s inauguration and 30,122 under his predecessor.
That’s 4,948 more refugees than were admitted to the U.S. over the same eight-month period of FY 2016, and 3,504 more than were admitted during the first eight months of FY 2015.
Trump said early in his presidency that allowing more than 50,000 refugees to resettle in the U.S. this fiscal year “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.”
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