Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Pew: U.S. Settled More Refugees in 2017 Than Any Other Nation

AP/Julio Cortez
The United States settled 33,000 refugees in 2017, significantly more than any other country in the world, the Pew Research Center revealed in a report this week.
The country settling the next highest number of refugees last year was Canada, which settled 20 percent fewer than the U.S. (27,000), followed by Australia (15,000) and the United Kingdom (6,000). Sweden, Germany, Norway, and France each resettled about 3,000 refugees, Pew found in its analysis Thursday of new data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Historically, the United States has taken in the lion’s share of refugees, and since 1980 has settled some three quarters of the more than 4 million refugees resettled worldwide. In 2017, U.S. refugee resettlement accounted for nearly a third (32 percent) of all refugees resettled throughout the world.
The Pew report noted that global resettlement of refugees saw a significant decrease in 2017, dropping from 189,000 refugees resettled in 2016 to 103,000 refugees in 2017. Despite its own sharp one-year decline in refugee resettlement—from 97,000 to 33,000—the U.S. still managed to resettle more refugees (33,000) than any other country.
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