Five facts about refugee resettlement in the US

Trump had on Friday ordered that travellers from 7 Islamic countries be denied visa for the next three months.

How many refugees are there globally, and in the United States? After saying that commissioner Filippo Grandi is "deeply worried" by what's going on, the statement laid out the number of people that the United Nations estimates are affected by the executive order.

The UN refugee agency today said it was "alarmed" by the consequences of US President Donald Trump's order barring refugee arrivals, describing those targeted as "anxious, confused and heartbroken". Citing security concerns, Abbott's office said Texas would no longer participate in the federal refugee resettlement program because the federal government did not "unconditionally approve" its amended state plan to only accept refugees who "are fully vetted and do not present a security threat". The world is facing its largest crisis of displaced people since World War II, with more than 65 million people forced to flee their homes.

The statement voiced the hope that the United States would "continue its strong leadership role and long tradition of protecting those who are fleeing conflict and persecution", saying that the "longstanding USA policy of welcoming refugees has created a win-win situation" by saving people who then "enriched ... their new societies".

The vast majority of the world's refugees are hosted in developing countries, and less than 1 per cent will ever be resettled globally.

"Those accepted for resettlement by the United States, after a rigorous USA security screening process, are coming to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity". He is one of many queer Iranians who have camped out in Denizli, a small textile manufacturing city in southwestern Turkey, to endure the years-long wait for a ticket to the West where they hope to build a new life.

The number of refugees in Lebanon per capita would be equivalent to the USA taking in roughly 63 million refugees.

"This act would bar Syrian refugees, and refugees from other nationalities, from taking refuge in the land that was built on the premise of being open to people who are fleeing persecution and violence", the statement added. "This decision proves the militant group's theory that the West, led by the United States, is an enemy of Muslims", he wrote. During the last budget year, the US accepted 84,995 refugees, including 12,587 from Syria.

How are refugees resettled to the US? To be sure, the United States of America is the single largest destination for resettled refugees, but only amounted to 85,000 of the 21 million refugees in the world a year ago.

We contrast President Trump's action - which will surely be interpreted as at least the first step on that ban on Muslims he promised during his campaign - with the outpouring of sympathy and help for those who worshiped at a mosque in Victoria, Texas, destroyed by a fire over the weekend.

"Why are Muslim Syrians banned, while Christian Syrians are not?" The couple had a fourth child, a girl, in Jordan, last year. Recent Pew research found that the US admitted 84,995 refugees in the fiscal year that ended in September 2016.

  • Joey Payne