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Where refugees in Arkansas are arriving from

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May 10, 2024
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Where refugees in Arkansas are arriving from

During the past five decades, the U.S. has resettled over 3 million refugees, making it one of the leading countries for finding new homes for people fleeing violence, persecution, and war.

In 2021, then-President Donald Trump lowered the annual cap of refugees that could be admitted into the country to 15,000. Even as the Biden administration has raised the ceiling to 125,000, the annual number of refugees arriving in the U.S. didn't immediately bounce back to pre-Trump administration levels. The numbers are increasing though, with over 25,000 refugees arriving in the U.S. in the 2022 fiscal year, twice the 2021 total.

Refugee arrivals during the 2023 fiscal year dramatically outpaced the prior two years, reaching over 60,000 from October 2022 to September 2023.

In April 2024, the greatest number of refugees admitted by the U.S. came from Congo, Afghanistan, and Myanmar. Each nation faces a unique set of circumstances that can make their citizens unsafe if they stay in their home country.

For the last three decades, Congo, also called the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been struggling with a series of civil wars and internal battles that have left millions of people displaced, both internally and externally, with many people fleeing to neighboring countries. Afghan refugees have been fleeing to neighboring countries for decades, especially to Pakistan and Iran, which combined host over 8 million Afghans. In Myanmar, state-sponsored violence against the Rohingya people has displaced nearly 2 million people internally. Another million are in refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh.

Stacker referenced data from The Refugee Processing Center to compile statistics on the number of refugees and their countries of origin resettled in Arkansas in April 2024.

April refugee statistics
Countries where refugees arrived from in April
To Arkansas:
#1. Congo: 25
#2. Nicaragua: 5
#2. Venezuela: 5
#4. Rwanda: 3

To the U.S. as a whole:
#1. Congo: 1,548
#2. Afghanistan: 815
#3. Myanmar: 601
#4. Somalia: 548
#5. Venezuela: 449

States that accepted the most refugees in April:
#1. Texas: 620
#2. California: 414
#3. New York: 360
#4. Pennsylvania: 355
#5. lowa: 339

Read on to see the countries that Arkansas has accepted the most refugees from since the start of the fiscal year in October 2023.

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#1. Congo

Refugees that arrived from Congo since October 2023
To Arkansas: 86

To the U.S. as a whole: 13,322
Top states receiving refugees from Congo
#1. Texas: 1,213
#2. Kentucky: 1,106
#3. Arizona: 933
#4. New York: 829
#5. Ohio: 826

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#2. Syria

Refugees that arrived from Syria since October 2023
To Arkansas: 22

To the U.S. as a whole: 7,781
Top states receiving refugees from Syria
#1. New York: 749
#2. Michigan: 742
#3. Pennsylvania: 551
#4. Texas: 440
#5. California: 429

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#3. Venezuela

Refugees that arrived from Venezuela since October 2023
To Arkansas: 16

To the U.S. as a whole: 3,516
Top states receiving refugees from Venezuela
#1. Florida: 668
#2. Texas: 489
#3. Illinois: 210
#4. Georgia: 185
#5. New Jersey: 131

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#4. Nicaragua

Refugees that arrived from Nicaragua since October 2023
To Arkansas: 13

To the U.S. as a whole: 1,078
Top states receiving refugees from Nicaragua
#1. Florida: 171
#2. California: 92
#3. Texas: 69
#4. Minnesota: 57
#5. North Carolina: 46

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#5. El Salvador

Refugees that arrived from El Salvador since October 2023
To Arkansas: 9

To the U.S. as a whole: 866
Top states receiving refugees from El Salvador
#1. Texas: 119
#2. California: 99
#3. Maryland: 83
#4. Virginia: 69
#5. North Carolina: 63

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#5. Guatemala

Refugees that arrived from Guatemala since October 2023
To Arkansas: 9

To the U.S. as a whole: 2,474
Top states receiving refugees from Guatemala
#1. California: 328
#2. Texas: 240
#3. North Carolina: 167
#4. Florida: 161
#5. New York: 113

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#7. Afghanistan

Refugees that arrived from Afghanistan since October 2023
To Arkansas: 5

To the U.S. as a whole: 7,771
Top states receiving refugees from Afghanistan
#1. California: 1,624
#2. Texas: 803
#3. Virginia: 775
#4. Washington: 519
#5. Maryland: 329

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#7. Ivory Coast

Refugees that arrived from Ivory Coast since October 2023
To Arkansas: 5

To the U.S. as a whole: 62
Top states receiving refugees from Ivory Coast
#1. Pennsylvania: 10
#2. Minnesota: 8
#3. Massachusetts: 7
#4. Arkansas: 5
#5. Florida: 4

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#7. Vietnam

Refugees that arrived from Vietnam since October 2023
To Arkansas: 5

To the U.S. as a whole: 88
Top states receiving refugees from Vietnam
#1. Minnesota: 49
#2. North Carolina: 25
#3. Arkansas: 5
#4. Illinois: 3
#5. Oregon: 2

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#10. Guinea

Refugees that arrived from Guinea since October 2023
To Arkansas: 3

To the U.S. as a whole: 79
Top states receiving refugees from Guinea
#1. Colorado: 15
#2. Georgia: 9
#3. North Carolina: 7
#4. Arizona: 5
#4. Michigan: 5

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#10. Rwanda

Refugees that arrived from Rwanda since October 2023
To Arkansas: 3

To the U.S. as a whole: 197
Top states receiving refugees from Rwanda
#1. Texas: 46
#2. South Carolina: 12
#2. Arizona: 12
#4. Kentucky: 11
#4. Illinois: 11

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#12. Colombia

Refugees that arrived from Colombia since October 2023
To Arkansas: 1

To the U.S. as a whole: 760
Top states receiving refugees from Colombia
#1. Florida: 98
#2. North Carolina: 70
#3. Texas: 58
#4. New York: 56
#5. Washington: 46

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#12. Uganda

Refugees that arrived from Uganda since October 2023
To Arkansas: 1

To the U.S. as a whole: 40
Top states receiving refugees from Uganda
#1. Massachusetts: 6
#1. Missouri: 6
#3. Ohio: 5
#4. Michigan: 4
#4. Washington: 4

This story features data reporting and writing by Emma Rubin and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 45 states.

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