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Here’s How the US Refugee Program Works

151117_RefugeeProgram_Quinn-1250x650Since Friday’s brutal terrorist attacks in Paris, policymakers are calling for the process refugees go through to resettle in the United States to be halted, at least temporarily.

But what is the process those refugees must go through to gain entrance into the country?

Since Sept. 11, 2001, the United States has resettled 748,000 refugees,  according to the Migration Policy Institute. Over the course of the last 14 years, the group found, just three were arrested for planning terrorist activity. However, no refugees living in the United States have been successful in carrying out an attack on U.S. soil.

The United States has accepted roughly 70,000 refugees over the last few years. But beginning Oct. 1, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the U.S. would accept 85,000 refugees in 2016, with at least 10,000 coming from Syria. By 2017, the Department of State announced that the number of refugees entering the country would increase to 100,000.

Since 2011, fewer than 2,000 Syrian refugees have resettled in the United States.


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