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Where refugees in Florida are arriving from

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March 7, 2024
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Where refugees in Florida 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 March 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 Florida in March 2024.

March refugee statistics
Countries where refugees arrived from in March
To Florida:
#1. Venezuela: 112
#2. Syria: 68
#3. Guatemala: 28
#4. Afghanistan: 19
#5. Nicaragua: 10
#6. Congo: 9
#6. El Salvador: 9
#8. Congo: 8
#9. Cuba: 7
#9. Haiti: 7
#9. Honduras: 7
#9. Sudan: 7
#13. Yemen: 6
#14. Pakistan: 5
#14. Ukraine: 5
#16. Central African Republic: 4
#17. Belarus: 2
#18. Cambodia: 1
#18. Myanmar: 1

To the U.S. as a whole:
#1. Congo: 2,089
#2. Afghanistan: 1,031
#3. Myanmar: 765
#4. Syria: 594
#5. Venezuela: 563

States that accepted the most refugees in March:
#1. Texas: 916
#2. California: 495
#3. New York: 473
#4. Pennsylvania: 346
#5. Florida: 315

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

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#1. Venezuela

Refugees that arrived from Venezuela since October 2023
To Florida: 612

To the U.S. as a whole: 3,067
Top states receiving refugees from Venezuela
#1. Florida: 612
#2. Texas: 429
#3. Georgia: 170
#4. Illinois: 163
#5. Tennessee: 120

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#2. Syria

Refugees that arrived from Syria since October 2023
To Florida: 382

To the U.S. as a whole: 7,412
Top states receiving refugees from Syria
#1. New York: 702
#2. Michigan: 699
#3. Pennsylvania: 516
#4. Texas: 434
#5. California: 409

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#3. Nicaragua

Refugees that arrived from Nicaragua since October 2023
To Florida: 161

To the U.S. as a whole: 939
Top states receiving refugees from Nicaragua
#1. Florida: 161
#2. California: 78
#3. Texas: 65
#4. Minnesota: 46
#5. North Carolina: 40

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#4. Guatemala

Refugees that arrived from Guatemala since October 2023
To Florida: 141

To the U.S. as a whole: 2,220
Top states receiving refugees from Guatemala
#1. California: 301
#2. Texas: 210
#3. North Carolina: 163
#4. Florida: 141
#5. New York: 95

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#5. Afghanistan

Refugees that arrived from Afghanistan since October 2023
To Florida: 129

To the U.S. as a whole: 6,956
Top states receiving refugees from Afghanistan
#1. California: 1,449
#2. Virginia: 710
#3. Texas: 700
#4. Washington: 482
#5. Maryland: 303

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#6. Congo

Refugees that arrived from Congo since October 2023
To Florida: 125

To the U.S. as a whole: 12,018
Top states receiving refugees from Congo
#1. Texas: 1,049
#2. Kentucky: 1,013
#3. Arizona: 854
#4. New York: 762
#5. Ohio: 761

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#7. Colombia

Refugees that arrived from Colombia since October 2023
To Florida: 98

To the U.S. as a whole: 722
Top states receiving refugees from Colombia
#1. Florida: 98
#2. North Carolina: 67
#3. Texas: 58
#4. New York: 52
#5. Washington: 46

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#8. Honduras

Refugees that arrived from Honduras since October 2023
To Florida: 72

To the U.S. as a whole: 556
Top states receiving refugees from Honduras
#1. Texas: 95
#2. Florida: 72
#3. Georgia: 40
#4. California: 37
#5. New York: 32

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#9. El Salvador

Refugees that arrived from El Salvador since October 2023
To Florida: 45

To the U.S. as a whole: 789
Top states receiving refugees from El Salvador
#1. Texas: 100
#2. California: 93
#3. Maryland: 78
#4. North Carolina: 62
#5. Virginia: 59

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#10. Cuba

Refugees that arrived from Cuba since October 2023
To Florida: 39

To the U.S. as a whole: 88
Top states receiving refugees from Cuba
#1. Florida: 39
#2. Texas: 10
#3. Tennessee: 7
#4. Washington: 6
#5. New Hampshire: 4

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#11. Sudan

Refugees that arrived from Sudan since October 2023
To Florida: 37

To the U.S. as a whole: 1,067
Top states receiving refugees from Sudan
#1. New York: 83
#2. Texas: 80
#3. Pennsylvania: 76
#4. Nebraska: 65
#5. Missouri: 60

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#11. Ukraine

Refugees that arrived from Ukraine since October 2023
To Florida: 37

To the U.S. as a whole: 810
Top states receiving refugees from Ukraine
#1. Washington: 291
#2. California: 122
#3. New York: 42
#4. Ohio: 40
#5. Florida: 37

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#13. Myanmar

Refugees that arrived from Myanmar since October 2023
To Florida: 32

To the U.S. as a whole: 3,664
Top states receiving refugees from Myanmar
#1. Texas: 416
#2. Illinois: 394
#3. New York: 349
#4. Georgia: 245
#5. Wisconsin: 232

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#14. Haiti

Refugees that arrived from Haiti since October 2023
To Florida: 18

To the U.S. as a whole: 116
Top states receiving refugees from Haiti
#1. Pennsylvania: 24
#2. Florida: 18
#3. Georgia: 14
#4. Colorado: 9
#5. California: 8

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#14. Moldova

Refugees that arrived from Moldova since October 2023
To Florida: 18

To the U.S. as a whole: 292
Top states receiving refugees from Moldova
#1. California: 94
#2. Washington: 87
#3. Florida: 18
#4. Minnesota: 17
#4. Oregon: 17

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#16. Pakistan

Refugees that arrived from Pakistan since October 2023
To Florida: 14

To the U.S. as a whole: 557
Top states receiving refugees from Pakistan
#1. Pennsylvania: 89
#2. Virginia: 57
#3. Texas: 53
#4. North Carolina: 46
#5. Maryland: 36

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#17. Central African Republic

Refugees that arrived from Central African Republic since October 2023
To Florida: 12

To the U.S. as a whole: 563
Top states receiving refugees from Central African Republic
#1. Missouri: 64
#2. Texas: 55
#3. Michigan: 54
#4. Georgia: 40
#5. Massachusetts: 34

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#17. Republic of South Sudan

Refugees that arrived from Republic of South Sudan since October 2023
To Florida: 12

To the U.S. as a whole: 713
Top states receiving refugees from Republic of South Sudan
#1. Texas: 66
#2. Nebraska: 65
#3. Colorado: 57
#4. Connecticut: 53
#5. New York: 47

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#19. Congo

Refugees that arrived from Congo since October 2023
To Florida: 10

To the U.S. as a whole: 12,018
Top states receiving refugees from Congo
#1. Texas: 1,049
#2. Kentucky: 1,013
#3. Arizona: 854
#4. New York: 762
#5. Ohio: 761

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#20. Somalia

Refugees that arrived from Somalia since October 2023
To Florida: 9

To the U.S. as a whole: 1,600
Top states receiving refugees from Somalia
#1. Minnesota: 514
#2. Ohio: 126
#3. Arizona: 78
#3. New York: 78
#5. Georgia: 63

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#21. Belarus

Refugees that arrived from Belarus since October 2023
To Florida: 7

To the U.S. as a whole: 223
Top states receiving refugees from Belarus
#1. Washington: 61
#2. California: 42
#3. Pennsylvania: 21
#4. Massachusetts: 20
#5. New York: 19

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#22. Russia

Refugees that arrived from Russia since October 2023
To Florida: 6

To the U.S. as a whole: 248
Top states receiving refugees from Russia
#1. Washington: 75
#2. California: 57
#3. Oregon: 24
#4. Minnesota: 20
#5. North Carolina: 19

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#22. Yemen

Refugees that arrived from Yemen since October 2023
To Florida: 6

To the U.S. as a whole: 95
Top states receiving refugees from Yemen
#1. Michigan: 16
#2. Georgia: 13
#2. New York: 13
#4. Arizona: 8
#4. Montana: 8

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#24. Kazakhstan

Refugees that arrived from Kazakhstan since October 2023
To Florida: 4

To the U.S. as a whole: 109
Top states receiving refugees from Kazakhstan
#1. Washington: 41
#2. California: 19
#2. Pennsylvania: 19
#4. Oregon: 10
#5. Massachusetts: 8

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#24. Ivory Coast

Refugees that arrived from Ivory Coast since October 2023
To Florida: 4

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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#24. Iraq

Refugees that arrived from Iraq since October 2023
To Florida: 4

To the U.S. as a whole: 844
Top states receiving refugees from Iraq
#1. California: 154
#2. Michigan: 105
#3. Texas: 50
#4. Nebraska: 47
#5. Washington: 42

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#27. Eritrea

Refugees that arrived from Eritrea since October 2023
To Florida: 3

To the U.S. as a whole: 963
Top states receiving refugees from Eritrea
#1. Texas: 107
#2. Washington: 95
#3. Ohio: 67
#4. Maryland: 65
#5. North Carolina: 53

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#28. Uganda

Refugees that arrived from Uganda since October 2023
To Florida: 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

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#28. Cameroon

Refugees that arrived from Cameroon since October 2023
To Florida: 1

To the U.S. as a whole: 97
Top states receiving refugees from Cameroon
#1. Texas: 11
#2. Pennsylvania: 10
#3. Nevada: 8
#4. California: 7
#5. South Carolina: 6

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#28. Cambodia

Refugees that arrived from Cambodia since October 2023
To Florida: 1

To the U.S. as a whole: 35
Top states receiving refugees from Cambodia
#1. Texas: 14
#2. North Carolina: 6
#3. California: 5
#4. Maine: 3
#5. Minnesota: 2

This story features data reporting and writing by Emma Rubin and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 47 states.

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