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Refugee Admissions from Muslim Nations Decline, Russian Numbers Rise

Refugees arriving in New Jersey and New York from places like Iraq and Syria are way down, reflecting Trump administration’s clampdown

Refugee admissions in New Jersey and New York plummeted 59 percent in the fiscal year that ended last week as the Trump administration restricted the right of entry of those fleeing persecution across the globe, particularly from Muslim-majority nations.

In New Jersey just one refugee arrived from Iraq and none from Syria or Afghanistan, compared to 200 from those three countries the year before, according to data from the Refugee Processing Center.

The number of refugees from two largely non-Muslim nations increased: In particular, Russia saw its number of refugees in New York and New Jersey nearly double, to 75.

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