Ninety-eight percent of the Syrian refugees resettled in the United States were Muslim and about 1 percent Christian. The resettled population had a lower rate of Christians in comparison to the overall population in Syria, where approximately 10 percent of residents are Christian. There have been no systematic explanations for this difference yet, though officials in the field have suggested that Christian Syrians were more likely to stay in Syria because a greater share of them supported President Bashar al-Assad and felt protected there, while others sought refuge in Lebanon, which has a large Christian population of its own. Because most of the Syrian refugees resettled in the United States were processed in Jordan, not Lebanon, this also could help account for the variance.
Although not approved by Allies at Potsdam, hundreds of thousands of ethnic Germans living in Yugoslavia and Romania were deported to slave labour in the Soviet Union, to Allied-occupied Germany , and subsequently to the German Democratic Republic ( East Germany ), Austria and the Federal Republic of Germany ( West Germany ). This entailed the largest population transfer in history. In all 15 million Germans were affected, and more than two million perished during the expulsions of the German population .      (See Flight and expulsion of Germans (1944–1950) .) Between the end of War and the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961, more than 563,700 refugees from East Germany traveled to West Germany for asylum from the Soviet occupation .