Refugee

refugees and migrants in boat
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The Trump administration’s new refugee restrictions have drastically cut the rate of refugees arriving in the United States and in North Carolina. In 2016, more than 3,000 refugees were resettled in the state. In 2017 there were fewer than 2,000 – the lowest rate in at least a decade. With the new stricter federal vetting policies in place, North Carolina is set to admit fewer than 900 refugees by the end of 2018.

In this April 16, 2018 photo, three-year-old Shukri Muhamed, left, and her brother Ibrahim, 6, stand in their home at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kakuma, Kenya, where they live with their mother Saido Muhina Khamis. Khamis thought she'd be in the United St
International Rescue Committee / Kellie Ryan via AP

Saido Muhina Khamis thought she would be in the United States by now, starting a new life with her mother.

Instead, the Somali woman is still in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in a remote part of Kenya, sharing a small, mud-brick home with her husband, their two small children and three other relatives — thousands of miles from her mother, Isho Somow Abdi. She settled as a refugee in Raleigh, North Carolina, in July.

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Tens of thousands of people are forced to flee their homes each day due to conflict and persecution, according to the UN Refugee Agency. More people around the world are displaced now than ever before.