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Trump admits just 18,051 refugees so far — here’s the vetting process

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Millions of people around the world have been forced from their home countries due to war, genocide, or persecution.

They come from conflict-ridden countries like Syria, Somalia, and Sudan, and they wait for years in refugee camps before they can secure a spot in safe countries.

The United States takes in just a tiny fraction of the world’s refugees, but it maintains one of the strictest, most rigorous vetting process — and the rules have gotten much stricter in recent years.

The Trump administration slashed the “cap” on the number of refugees accepted into the US to the lowest since the refugee program was created in 1980. The administration previously took in just 22,491 refugees in the entire 2018 fiscal year.

Here’s a look at where the world’s refugees come from and what they endure to make it to safety in the United States.

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