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Facts About Refugees

Never before has the world witnessed such a dramatic scale of human suffering. Today, 65 million people—24 per minute—are displaced worldwide by conflict and persecution. Facts about refugees are often miscommunicated in the media and used to aid political agendas. The purpose of this post is to simply state some the facts concerning refugees.

Myth: Refugees are terrorists.

Fact: Refugees are fleeing terror groups such as ISIS and Boko Haram. Experts agree that refugees are not a security threat.

According to the CATO Institute research on Terrorisms and Immigration since 1975, 94% of all successful terrorists entered the U.S. through a tourist visa and 5% entered on a student visa. The remaining 1% is divided among asylum seekers, refugees, visa waiver program, and illegal. The focus today is on the less than 1%. In the last 41 years, the U.S. has admitted 3.3 million refugees. Only three of these refugees committed crimes that are now deemed “acts of terrorism.” All three were before the implementation of the Refugee Act of 1980, a procedure creating more rigorous refugee-screenings. These crimes are so old that the word “terrorist” was not even being used at that time. In contrast, the U.S. admitted 657 million tourists with of which 1 in every 232,157 was a successful terrorist.

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