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Out of 11,000 Syrian refugees admitted into the U.S., only 56 were Christians

The Obama administration has fulfilled its promise to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees this week but out of nearly 11,000 admitted only 56 of these individuals were Christians.

Out of the 56, 12 identified as Catholic and six Orthodox. There were four Protestants, four Jehovah's Witnesses, and one Greek Orthodox. The remaining 29 identified simply as Christians.

(Wikimedia Commons/Foreign and Commonwealth Office)The Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan

A total of 10,612 refugees were identified as Sunni Muslims. Only 20 were Shiites while 90 belonged to unspecified Islamic sects.

The Yazidis, another persecuted minority in Syria, only numbered 17.

The figures are based on the records of WRAPS, the software used in the processing of refugees created by the Refugee Processing Center (RPC).

The number of admitted Christian refugees is disproportionate to the actual Christian population in Syria which is estimated to be about 10 percent. Since civil war broke out in 2011, around 500,000 to a million have left the state.

"It's disappointingly disproportional," Matthew Clark, senior counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), told Fox News. "[The Obama administration has] not prioritized Christians and it appears they have actually deprioritized them, put them [at the] back of the line and made them an afterthought," he continued.

Some experts have stated their belief that the small number of admitted Christians may be in part because they choose not stay in the U.N.'s refugee camp in Jordan for fear of persecution.

"The Christians don't reside in those camps because it is too dangerous," said Nina Shea, the director of Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute. "They are preyed upon by other residents from the Sunni community and there is infiltration by ISIS and criminal gangs," she added.

Kristin Wright, the director of advocacy for Open Doors USA, believes that some Christians opt to stay in Syria or in urban areas like Beirut.

"Many have fled to urban areas instead of the camps, so they may be living in Beirut instead of living in a broader camp, meaning many are not registering as refugees," Wright said to Fox News.

She added that some Syrian Christians may have come to the U.S. through other means.

The White House said the screening process for refugees takes roughly 12 to 18 months. The administration added that they prioritize those who are in desperate situations such as families with children and those who need hospital care.

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