Refugee Facts from Fiscal Year 2008


Recently, the Proposed Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2009 was presented to Congress. This report contained about seventy pages of really interesting statistics and proposals for the coming year’s refugee limits. A few of the numbers for the 2008 refugee population in the US:

Individuals from Burma made up 28.8% of arrivals (13,986 refugees with Burma listed as their country of origin were resettled in the US). Next came Somalia and then Iran for top countries of origin.

In the fiscal year 2007, the median age of refugees coming to the US was 25.

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States least impacted by refugee resettlement:
Last year, Mississippi resettled 1 refugee.
Montana resettled 3;
Arkansas resettled 6;
Hawaii resettled 11.

Of the refugees resettled in 2007, the US accounted for 59.88%. Next came Australia with 12.14%, Canada with 12.03%, and Sweden with 3.55%.