A little over a third of the refugees admitted into the U.S. in fiscal 2016 were religious minorities in their home countries. Of those, 61% were Christians and 22% were Muslims.
Nearly half of Australians and 56% of Americans say that growing cultural diversity makes their country a better place to live.
The seven nations affected by a new executive order suspending refugee admissions accounted for 904,415 legal U.S. entries between fiscal years 2006 and 2015.
Of the 84,995 refugees admitted to the United States in fiscal year 2016, the largest numbers came from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria, Burma (Myanmar) and Iraq.
The Obama administration's goal of receiving 110,000 refugees in fiscal 2017 is significantly higher than last year’s target of 85,000.
With the number of displaced people in the world at more than 60 million in 2015, the plight of refugees has gained new prominence.
The recent wave of asylum seekers to 28 EU countries, Norway and Switzerland accounts for one-in-ten asylum applications to the region since 1985.
But the U.S. and Europe are quite different when it comes to their migrant populations’ origin countries.
The UK has the fifth-largest immigrant population in the world, at 8.5 million.
The recent historic migration surge into Europe has led to a large jump in the immigrant share of populations in many European nations, with the notable exceptions of the UK and France, which saw more modest increases.