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In One Chart: 46% of U.S. refugees are now Muslim, and 44% Christian

In 2016, for the first time in roughly a decade, more Muslim than Christian refugees entered the U.S. — though in the past 15 years, far more Christian than Muslim refugees have come into the country.

That’s according to an analysis of government data released Tuesday by the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Pew Research Center — which found that the U.S. has received 28,957 Muslim refugees (46%) so far this year, compared with 27,556 Christian refugees (44%). However, since 2002, the U.S. has admitted 389,712 Christian refugees (46%) and 269,395 Muslim refugees (32%).

More than half of the Muslim refugees in 2016 are from two countries — Syria (8,511), which is embroiled in a devastating civil war, and Somalia (7,234), Pew data shows.

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