Today, there are 65.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, the highest level since World War II. Of these, 21.3 million are refugees – meaning not only have they been forced to leave their homes, but often friends and family, education and career – the result of having to leave their home country.
More than half of refugees are children, fleeing violence and worse – while still at risk of exploitation, abuse, and more. Many refugee children have been separated from their family or are otherwise unsupported.
In 2016, 84,995 refugees from around the world were admitted to the United States, up from 69,933 in 2015. The top countries of origin were the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, Burma, Iraq, and Somalia.
Recently, the new administration announced that only 50,000 refugees will be admitted in 2017. Last year, the U.S. ranked 17th worldwide in number of refugees admitted – and Indiana ranked 17th in the U.S., admitting 1,893 refugees in 2016, over 2% of the national total.