Since the beginning of the United Nations refugee program, the United States has always brought in the most refugees — often by a wide margin. However, recent reports show that 2018 was the first year in history that it fell behind, dropping lower than both Canada and the European Union.

In 2018, the U.S. brought in just over 20,000 refugees. Both Canada and the E.U. brought in almost 30,000.

Those numbers, for the E.U. and Canada, are both slightly higher than the totals from 2017. There has been an upward trend for years now in both locations. For instance, Canada barely topped 10,000 people back in 2009, while the E.U. brought in around 8,000. The numbers stayed fairly static for a time and then began rising in 2015.

The United States, on the other hand, admitted around 80,000 refugees in 2009. No other country was remotely close. That number dropped to around 70,000 in 2010, but the U.S. was still the world leader by about 60,000 people. In 2016, the United States set a new high mark with over 95,000 refugees.

That number plummeted to just over 30,000 in 2017, and it has now fallen to the historic low in 2018. It is clear that things have shifted dramatically in the United States, even as other countries respond by increasing their own numbers to match the need.

It is very important to look at these types of statistics because they show what the current immigration climate looks like in the United States. Getting in can be difficult and complicated, and those who attempt it need to know exactly what steps to take.