#17. Burundi

- Total accepted: 1,429

- Average yearly change (2016 to 2020): -42.0%

--- 2016: 694

--- 2017: 291 (58.1% decrease)

--- 2018: 201 (30.9% decrease)

--- 2019: 196 (2.5% decrease)

--- 2020: 46 (76.5% decrease)

--- 2021 (as of April 30): 1

While the worst of the violence in Burundi (which stemmed from the Tutsi and Hutu conflict) has passed, the effects of years of fighting are still felt by the country’s citizens, particularly in food insecurity, economic decline, and disease outbreak. While many of the refugees have traveled to nearby countries, including Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the unrest in those countries means that many are looking for other, more stable, places to settle permanently. In 2007, the U.S. took in some 8,500 refugees, all of whom fled their home country in 1972, but today’s numbers are much lower.

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