Trump suspends the admission of refugees to the United States
Where America's Refugees Come From
President Trump signed an executive order on Friday that suspends the admission of refugees for at least 120 days and bans citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days. "I am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America", Trump said before signing the order. He also limited the number of refugees the country would admit in fiscal year 2017 to 50,000, stating that any further admissions would be “detrimental to the interests of the United States”. In fiscal year 2016, the U.S. had admitted 85,000 refugees from the United States.
Trump’s decision to ban refugees and certain nationalities from entering the country drew sharp criticism both domestically and abroad. Tens of thousands of Americans protested the order at the weekend and leaders from around the world voiced their disapproval of the ban, reminding Trump of his country’s obligation to take in war refugees on humanitarian grounds.
The chart below shows where refugees admitted to the United States in 2016 came from.
- Refugees and IDPs - worldwide 2000-2015Refugees and IDPs - worldwide 2000-2015
- Refugees worldwide 2001-2015Refugees worldwide 2001-2015
- Survey on opinion on accepting more refugees in Norway 2016Survey on opinion on accepting more refugees in Norway 2016
- Italy: immigrants in reception centers 2013-2017Italy: immigrants in reception centers 2013-2017
- Countries with the highest population decline rate 2016Countries with the highest population decline rate 2016
- Accepted asylum applicants in Germany from Q1 2014 to Q2 2016Accepted asylum applicants in Germany from Q1 2014 to Q2 2016
- Share of Syrians who would leave the country if they could in 2015Share of Syrians who would leave the country if they could in 2015
- Preferred regions to migrate to for Syrian refugees in 2015Preferred regions to migrate to for Syrian refugees in 2015
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