Nearly half of the refugees admitted onto US soil this year are Muslim

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Almost Half of Refugees Admitted to US This Year Are Muslim


More than 60,000 refugees have fled to the U.S. so far in this fiscal year and for the first time in more than a decade -- nearly half are Muslim, according to a new report out this week.

The Pew Research Center recently analyzed data from the State Department's Refugee Processing Center and found that since October 2015, nearly 29,000 Muslim refugees have been admitted onto American soil.

​​​​They are 46 percent of the total refugees entering the U.S. in that same time period.

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Christians make up the second largest group, with a little more than 27,500, which comes out to 44 percent.

The last time Muslim refugee admissions to the U.S. outnumbered Christian refugees was in 2006, amid a massive influx of Somali refugees. But that doesn't mean there were as many Muslim refugees then as we're seeing now.

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In this April 12, 2016 photo, mountains rise behind a fence on land belonging to Gloria Roark, a vocal opponent of refugees coming to her state, near Clearwater, Mont. What started as a disagreement over whether to welcome dozens of refugees to this corner of western Montana soon erupted into something much larger, encompassing wildly divergent views of Islam, big government and whether Americans should âtake care of our ownâ before worrying about newcomers. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 14, 2016 photo, Missoula Mayor John Engen exits city hall in Missoula, Mont. âI think that the war on terror has produced an internal war on compassion,â he says. âWe have been programmed to be very afraid since 9/11 and to think of people who aren't white Anglo-Saxon Americans as `otherâ and we should be afraid of people who are âother.ââ (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 14, 2016 photo, a frontier battle is depicted in a painting hanging on the wall in the Ravalli County Commissioners offices in Hamilton, Mont. What started as a disagreement over whether to welcome dozens of refugees to this corner of western Montana soon erupted into something much larger, encompassing wildly divergent views of Islam, big government and whether Americans should âtake care of our ownâ before worrying about newcomers. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 12, 2016 photo, Gloria Roark, a vocal opponent of refugees coming to her state, drives near her ranch land outside Clearwater, Mont. Roark helped organize anti-refugee rallies, including at the state capital and another in Missoula. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 13, 2016 photo, Samir Bitar, Arabic studies professor at the University of Montana, teaches Arabic language class on campus in Missoula, Mont. Bitar has lectured for decades across the state without controversy _ until 2016, when about a dozen people in the nearby town of Darby objected to his planned talk at the library. The reason: They didnât want a Muslim in their town, according to the librarian. The library board voted. Bitar spoke and received a warm reception. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 13, 2016 photo, Samir Bitar, Arabic studies professor at the University of Montana, speaks during an interview on the campus in Missoula, Mont. Bitar moved to Montana as a 16-year-old to attend college in Missoula and has been here for 42 years. But he says because of current anti-Muslim sentiments in the U.S., he feels threatened in a way he never has before. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 14, 2016 photo, Shawn Wathen stands for a photo inside his bookstore in Hamilton, Mont., the county seat of Ravalli County. Wathen, who has called the sprawling Bitterroot Valley home for 20 years, sees the rejection of refugees as a blend of misinformation, economic anxiety and fear of the unknown. "It surpasses any notion of reason ... that kind of idea that they are not us, and therefore they pose a threat,â he says. âThere's just that sense the horde is out there and if we don't circle the wagons ... we're going to be overrun and poor white America is going to suffer." (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 12, 2016 photo, surfers ride an artificial wave created in the Clark Fork River in downtown Missoula, Mont. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 13, 2016 photo, pedestrians walk past the entrance to the Jeanette Rankin Peace Center, in Missoula, Mont. Rankin, a pacifist who was the first woman member of Congress, was the only vote against declaring war on Japan after the Pearl Harbor attack. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
This April 14, 2016 photo shows a street corner in Hamilton, Mont., the county seat of Ravalli County. Though the sparsely populated state is home to seven Indian reservations, nearly nine of 10 residents are white, according to Census figures. Only about 2 percent are foreign-born. Since 2012, the state has welcomed just 13 refugees from Cuba and Iraq, according to officials. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 13, 2016 photo, a train track runs through Ravalli County, near Hamilton, Mont. Though the sparsely populated state is home to seven Indian reservations, nearly nine of 10 residents are white, according to Census figures. Only about 2 percent are foreign-born. Since 2012, the state has welcomed just 13 refugees from Cuba and Iraq, according to officials. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 13, 2016 photo, peace activist Betsy Mulligan-Dague stands next to a wall covered in bumper stickers at the Jeanette Rankin Peace Center, which she directs, in Missoula, Mont. Mulligan-Dague works with Soft Landing, a non-profit organized to help with the resettlement of refugees in the area. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 12, 2016 photo, bighorn sheep run along a steep mountainside outside Missoula, Mont. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 13, 2016 photo, Jameel Chaudhry, University of Montana campus architect, walks on the campus in Missoula, Mont. A native of Kenya and a member of the small Muslim community in the area, says he senses a new hostility. "All of a sudden WE are the problem. Weâve never had this before, and I've been here 20 years. We didn't have this even after 9/11." (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 13, 2016 photo, Jameel Chaudhry, University of Montana campus architect, speaks during an interview on the campus in Missoula, Mont. A native of Kenya and a member of the small Muslim community in the area, says he senses a new hostility. "All of a sudden WE are the problem. Weâve never had this before, and I've been here 20 years. We didn't have this even after 9/11." (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 14, 2016 photo, activist and Soft Landing founder Mary Poole works at home in Missoula, Mont. Haunted by the 2015 photo of a Syrian refugee boy washed ashore in Turkey, she and members of her book group asked: Why not bring a small number of Syrian families to Missoula? "It wasn't even a grain of sand in my brain that people wouldn't want to help starving, drowning families. I didn't do this to be controversial. I didn't do this to stir the pot," she says. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 13, 2016 photo, Samir Bitar, Arabic studies professor at the University of Montana, walks to his class on campus in Missoula, Mont. Bitar, a Palestinian who moved to Montana as a 16-year-old to attend college in Missoula, finds current anti-Muslim sentiments in the U.S. disheartening. People now are âmotivated by pure emotion and not really thinking in logical terms,â he says. âFear turns into hatred.â (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 14, 2016 photo, activist and Soft Landing founder Mary Poole plays with her dog at home in Missoula, Mont. Haunted by the 2015 photo of a Syrian refugee boy washed ashore in Turkey, she and members of her book group asked: Why not bring a small number of Syrian families to Missoula? "It wasn't even a grain of sand in my brain that people wouldn't want to help starving, drowning families. I didn't do this to be controversial. I didn't do this to stir the pot," she says. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 12, 2016 photo, Jim Buterbaugh, a vocal opponent of refugees coming to his state, stands on ranch land belonging to a friend near Clearwater, Mont. âIt doesnât make any difference if theyâre Muslims, Russians, whatever. You have to know who they are, what they've been doing in the past,â says Buterbaugh, a construction worker who organized three opposition rallies, including one at the state capitol. âAre you going to go downtown and take five people off the streets and move them into your house without knowing who they are? Nobody in their right mind would do that." (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 12, 2016 photo, runners make their way down a hillside overlooking the University of Montana campus in Missoula, Mont. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 12, 2016 photo, Jim Buterbaugh and Gloria Roark, opponents of refugees coming to their state, talk on ranch land belonging to Roark near Clearwater, Mont. Buterbaugh says, âIt doesnât make any difference if theyâre Muslims, Russians, whatever. You have to know who they are, what they've been doing in the past. Are you going to go downtown and take five people off the streets and move them into your house without knowing who they are? Nobody in their right mind would do that." (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 14, 2016 photo, Ray Hawk, a Ravalli County commissioner, speaks during an interview in Hamilton, Mont. âThese are folks that have declared war on the United States,â he says, worried that terrorists could pose as refugees. âTheir war is terrorism and thatâs the way theyâre going to do it. And I donât feel that we need to give them that chance. Now, if the government gets a handle on this thing and has a way to vet these people, Iâm all for them. I love to see anybody come into America and succeed.â (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 13, 2016 photo, bison graze near Hamilton, Mont., in Ravalli County. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
In this April 14, 2016 photo, Missoula Mayor John Engen speaks during an interview outside city hall in Missoula, Mont. âI think that the war on terror has produced an internal war on compassion,â he says. âWe have been programmed to be very afraid since 9/11 and to think of people who aren't white Anglo-Saxon Americans as 'otherâ and we should be afraid of people who are âother.ââ (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
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According to Pew, the last time the U.S. admitted such a high number of Muslim refugees was all the way back in fiscal year 2002. That's the first year that data on religious affiliation was available to the public.

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Many of those in this year's count are reportedly from Syria, Somalia and Iraq, with others hailing from Burma, Afghanistan and other countries.

The Obama administration set a goal to allow at least 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country by the end of the fiscal year. And it seems to be on pace to meet that goal.

More on the political debate over whether or not to admit Syrian refugees to the U.S.

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According to reports from the State Department, more than 2,000 refugees arrived in the U.S. from Syria in July alone. That brought the total number of Syrian refugees admitted into the country to almost 8,000.

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