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Syrian Refugee 'Surge' to U.S. in April: 440 Muslims, 10 Yazidis, 1 Christian
by Patrick Goodenough
The Obama administration's "surge" of Syrian refugee admissions approved for resettlement in the United States jumped by 37 percent in April – to 451 from 330 the previous month.
Of those 451, 426 were Sunni Muslims and one was a Christian, according to State Department Refugee Processing Center data. The remaining 24 comprised nine Shi'a Muslims, five other Muslims and 10 Yazidis.
The first ten days of May have brought a further 99 admissions, all Sunnis.
President Obama last fall pledged to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees in fiscal year 2016. After a slow start – four months into FY2016, only 841 had been admitted – the State Department set up a special refugee "resettlement surge center" in Amman, Jordan in February.
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