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Where refugees in Georgia are arriving from

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March 7, 2024
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Where refugees in Georgia 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 February 2024, the greatest number of refugees admitted by the U.S. came from Congo, Syria, and Afghanistan. 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. Syria has seen more than 5 million refugees flee to neighboring nations since 2011 while a longstanding civil war rages, with an additional 6.8 million people forced from their homes and seeking refuge elsewhere in the country. Afghan refugees have been fleeing to neighboring countries for decades, especially to Pakistan and Iran, which combined host over 8 million Afghans.

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

February refugee statistics
Countries where refugees arrived from in February
To Georgia:
#1. Venezuela: 97
#2. Congo: 91
#3. Burma: 50
#4. Afghanistan: 34
#5. Central African Republic: 28
#6. Guatemala: 22
#7. Eritrea: 17
#8. Somalia: 15
#9. Honduras: 11
#10. Nicaragua: 10
#10. Syria: 10
#12. Ethiopia: 7
#13. Colombia: 6
#14. Iraq: 5
#14. Republic of South Sudan: 5
#14. Sudan: 5
#17. Moldova: 4
#18. Congo: 3
#19. Pakistan: 2
#20. Rwanda: 1
#20. Cameroon: 1
#20. Haiti: 1
#20. Mali: 1

To the U.S. as a whole:
#1. Congo: 2,426
#2. Afghanistan: 1,299
#3. Venezuela: 1,230
#4. Syria: 981
#5. Burma: 826

States that accepted the most refugees in February:
#1. Texas: 1,062
#2. California: 572
#3. Florida: 554
#4. New York: 507
#5. Arizona: 450

Read on to see the countries that Georgia 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 Georgia: 287

To the U.S. as a whole: 9,929
Top states receiving refugees from Congo
#1. Kentucky: 893
#2. Texas: 804
#3. Arizona: 747
#4. Ohio: 645
#5. New York: 600

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#2. Syria

Refugees that arrived from Syria since October 2023
To Georgia: 206

To the U.S. as a whole: 6,818
Top states receiving refugees from Syria
#1. New York: 673
#2. Michigan: 655
#3. Pennsylvania: 465
#4. Texas: 375
#5. California: 361

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#3. Burma

Refugees that arrived from Burma since October 2023
To Georgia: 192

To the U.S. as a whole: 2,899
Top states receiving refugees from Burma
#1. Texas: 327
#2. Illinois: 297
#3. New York: 266
#4. Georgia: 192
#5. Arizona: 189

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#4. Afghanistan

Refugees that arrived from Afghanistan since October 2023
To Georgia: 176

To the U.S. as a whole: 5,925
Top states receiving refugees from Afghanistan
#1. California: 1,228
#2. Virginia: 655
#3. Texas: 542
#4. Washington: 440
#5. Maryland: 272

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#5. Venezuela

Refugees that arrived from Venezuela since October 2023
To Georgia: 146

To the U.S. as a whole: 2,504
Top states receiving refugees from Venezuela
#1. Florida: 501
#2. Texas: 304
#3. Georgia: 146
#4. Illinois: 143
#5. Tennessee: 110

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#6. Guatemala

Refugees that arrived from Guatemala since October 2023
To Georgia: 68

To the U.S. as a whole: 1,920
Top states receiving refugees from Guatemala
#1. California: 270
#2. Texas: 172
#3. North Carolina: 148
#4. Florida: 113
#5. New York: 87

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#7. Somalia

Refugees that arrived from Somalia since October 2023
To Georgia: 63

To the U.S. as a whole: 1,283
Top states receiving refugees from Somalia
#1. Minnesota: 419
#2. Ohio: 110
#3. Georgia: 63
#4. New York: 62
#5. Arizona: 61

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#8. Sudan

Refugees that arrived from Sudan since October 2023
To Georgia: 36

To the U.S. as a whole: 870
Top states receiving refugees from Sudan
#1. Missouri: 57
#2. Nebraska: 56
#3. Texas: 55
#3. New York: 55
#5. Pennsylvania: 54

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#9. Honduras

Refugees that arrived from Honduras since October 2023
To Georgia: 32

To the U.S. as a whole: 505
Top states receiving refugees from Honduras
#1. Texas: 87
#2. Florida: 65
#3. California: 33
#4. Georgia: 32
#4. New York: 32

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#10. Central African Republic

Refugees that arrived from Central African Republic since October 2023
To Georgia: 31

To the U.S. as a whole: 395
Top states receiving refugees from Central African Republic
#1. Texas: 45
#2. Missouri: 38
#3. Georgia: 31
#4. Michigan: 24
#4. Massachusetts: 24

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#10. Nicaragua

Refugees that arrived from Nicaragua since October 2023
To Georgia: 31

To the U.S. as a whole: 786
Top states receiving refugees from Nicaragua
#1. Florida: 151
#2. California: 60
#3. Texas: 48
#4. Minnesota: 44
#5. North Carolina: 40

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#12. Republic of South Sudan

Refugees that arrived from Republic of South Sudan since October 2023
To Georgia: 24

To the U.S. as a whole: 610
Top states receiving refugees from Republic of South Sudan
#1. Nebraska: 59
#2. Texas: 56
#3. Connecticut: 53
#4. Colorado: 46
#5. Minnesota: 44

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#12. Eritrea

Refugees that arrived from Eritrea since October 2023
To Georgia: 24

To the U.S. as a whole: 735
Top states receiving refugees from Eritrea
#1. Texas: 73
#2. Washington: 68
#3. Maryland: 61
#4. North Carolina: 45
#5. Ohio: 41

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#14. Ethiopia

Refugees that arrived from Ethiopia since October 2023
To Georgia: 21

To the U.S. as a whole: 232
Top states receiving refugees from Ethiopia
#1. Minnesota: 67
#2. Ohio: 25
#3. Washington: 24
#4. Georgia: 21
#5. lowa: 11

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#15. Pakistan

Refugees that arrived from Pakistan since October 2023
To Georgia: 15

To the U.S. as a whole: 481
Top states receiving refugees from Pakistan
#1. Pennsylvania: 63
#2. Virginia: 57
#3. Texas: 53
#4. North Carolina: 46
#5. Maryland: 30

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#16. Yemen

Refugees that arrived from Yemen since October 2023
To Georgia: 13

To the U.S. as a whole: 87
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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#17. Moldova

Refugees that arrived from Moldova since October 2023
To Georgia: 12

To the U.S. as a whole: 278
Top states receiving refugees from Moldova
#1. California: 89
#2. Washington: 85
#3. Florida: 18
#4. Minnesota: 16
#5. North Carolina: 14

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#18. Iraq

Refugees that arrived from Iraq since October 2023
To Georgia: 10

To the U.S. as a whole: 762
Top states receiving refugees from Iraq
#1. California: 136
#2. Michigan: 95
#3. Nebraska: 45
#3. Texas: 45
#5. Washington: 38

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#18. El Salvador

Refugees that arrived from El Salvador since October 2023
To Georgia: 10

To the U.S. as a whole: 691
Top states receiving refugees from El Salvador
#1. California: 84
#2. Texas: 80
#3. Maryland: 76
#4. Virginia: 55
#5. North Carolina: 53

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#20. Haiti

Refugees that arrived from Haiti since October 2023
To Georgia: 9

To the U.S. as a whole: 83
Top states receiving refugees from Haiti
#1. Pennsylvania: 19
#2. Florida: 11
#3. Georgia: 9
#4. California: 8
#5. Missouri: 4

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#20. Burundi

Refugees that arrived from Burundi since October 2023
To Georgia: 9

To the U.S. as a whole: 217
Top states receiving refugees from Burundi
#1. Texas: 32
#2. New York: 29
#3. Arizona: 28
#4. Pennsylvania: 14
#5. Maryland: 13

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#22. Iran

Refugees that arrived from Iran since October 2023
To Georgia: 8

To the U.S. as a whole: 205
Top states receiving refugees from Iran
#1. California: 110
#2. Texas: 18
#3. North Carolina: 10
#4. Washington: 9
#4. Illinois: 9

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#23. Guinea

Refugees that arrived from Guinea since October 2023
To Georgia: 7

To the U.S. as a whole: 73
Top states receiving refugees from Guinea
#1. Colorado: 15
#2. Georgia: 7
#2. North Carolina: 7
#4. Arizona: 5
#4. Michigan: 5

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#24. Colombia

Refugees that arrived from Colombia since October 2023
To Georgia: 6

To the U.S. as a whole: 685
Top states receiving refugees from Colombia
#1. Florida: 98
#2. North Carolina: 59
#3. Texas: 54
#4. New York: 49
#5. Washington: 46

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#25. Cameroon

Refugees that arrived from Cameroon since October 2023
To Georgia: 5

To the U.S. as a whole: 88
Top states receiving refugees from Cameroon
#1. Texas: 11
#2. Pennsylvania: 10
#3. South Carolina: 6
#3. Massachusetts: 6
#3. California: 6

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#25. Congo

Refugees that arrived from Congo since October 2023
To Georgia: 5

To the U.S. as a whole: 9,929
Top states receiving refugees from Congo
#1. Kentucky: 893
#2. Texas: 804
#3. Arizona: 747
#4. Ohio: 645
#5. New York: 600

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#25. Mali

Refugees that arrived from Mali since October 2023
To Georgia: 5

To the U.S. as a whole: 138
Top states receiving refugees from Mali
#1. New York: 24
#1. Pennsylvania: 24
#3. South Carolina: 22
#4. Michigan: 12
#5. Missouri: 11

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#28. Ukraine

Refugees that arrived from Ukraine since October 2023
To Georgia: 3

To the U.S. as a whole: 725
Top states receiving refugees from Ukraine
#1. Washington: 249
#2. California: 110
#3. Ohio: 40
#4. New York: 37
#5. Kentucky: 35

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#29. Palestine

Refugees that arrived from Palestine since October 2023
To Georgia: 2

To the U.S. as a whole: 16
Top states receiving refugees from Palestine
#1. Illinois: 9
#2. New Jersey: 3
#3. Georgia: 2
#4. Ohio: 1
#4. Texas: 1

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#29. Cuba

Refugees that arrived from Cuba since October 2023
To Georgia: 2

To the U.S. as a whole: 76
Top states receiving refugees from Cuba
#1. Florida: 32
#2. Texas: 10
#3. Tennessee: 7
#4. Washington: 6
#5. New Hampshire: 4

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#29. Senegal

Refugees that arrived from Senegal since October 2023
To Georgia: 2

To the U.S. as a whole: 45
Top states receiving refugees from Senegal
#1. Massachusetts: 13
#2. Texas: 6
#3. Ohio: 4
#4. Illinois: 3
#4. Pennsylvania: 3

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#29. Ivory Coast

Refugees that arrived from Ivory Coast since October 2023
To Georgia: 2

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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#33. Rwanda

Refugees that arrived from Rwanda since October 2023
To Georgia: 1

To the U.S. as a whole: 79
Top states receiving refugees from Rwanda
#1. Texas: 14
#2. North Carolina: 11
#3. South Carolina: 10
#4. Kentucky: 8
#5. Illinois: 6

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#33. Niger

Refugees that arrived from Niger since October 2023
To Georgia: 1

To the U.S. as a whole: 8
Top states receiving refugees from Niger
#1. New Jersey: 6
#2. Georgia: 1
#2. Pennsylvania: 1

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#33. Sri Lanka

Refugees that arrived from Sri Lanka since October 2023
To Georgia: 1

To the U.S. as a whole: 9
Top states receiving refugees from Sri Lanka
#1. New Jersey: 4
#1. Texas: 4
#3. Georgia: 1

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#33. Chad

Refugees that arrived from Chad since October 2023
To Georgia: 1

To the U.S. as a whole: 3
Top states receiving refugees from Chad
#1. Arizona: 1
#1. Georgia: 1
#1. Minnesota: 1

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#33. Uganda

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

To the U.S. as a whole: 39
Top states receiving refugees from Uganda
#1. Massachusetts: 6
#2. Missouri: 5
#2. Ohio: 5
#4. Michigan: 4
#4. Washington: 4

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#33. Jamaica

Refugees that arrived from Jamaica since October 2023
To Georgia: 1

To the U.S. as a whole: 13
Top states receiving refugees from Jamaica
#1. California: 2
#1. Colorado: 2
#1. Michigan: 2
#1. North Carolina: 2
#1. Ohio: 2

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#33. Vietnam

Refugees that arrived from Vietnam since October 2023
To Georgia: 1

To the U.S. as a whole: 83
Top states receiving refugees from Vietnam
#1. Minnesota: 49
#2. North Carolina: 25
#3. Arkansas: 5
#4. Illinois: 3
#5. Georgia: 1

This story features data reporting and writing by Emma Rubin and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 46 states.

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