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US visit by people from six Muslim-majority countries drops

  • Published at 04:41 pm June 15th, 2017
US visit by people from six Muslim-majority countries drops

There has been a steep decline in visits to the US in recent months by citizens of six Muslim-majority countries on President Donald Trump's travel ban list, although the order has been halted by courts, reports the Wall Street Journal.

According to latest Homeland Security data for March and April, people admitted from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen was “down by about half year-over-year.

Figures released by the State Department for the same period on the number of visas issued also showed decline.

It is however unclear whether less people were willing to travel to US or the administration was rejecting more visa applications.

The State Department has said it would not release data on visa rejection in recent months.

Homeland Security data showed the biggest drop was from Somalia – by more than two-thirds – to 655 this year from 2,233 in 2016.

The US, however, admitted the biggest number of people from Iran in both 2016 and 2017.

President Trump's order to suspend travel to US from six Muslim-majority countries citing terrorism threats has been halted by two appellate courts.

Trump first announced the ban in January, triggering mass protests and criticism, but issued a revised order two months later nonetheless.