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Where refugees in Kansas are arriving from

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

March refugee statistics
Countries where refugees arrived from in March
To Kansas:
#1. Congo: 57
#2. Myanmar: 15
#3. Afghanistan: 14
#3. Somalia: 14
#5. Rwanda: 10
#6. Syria: 8
#7. El Salvador: 5
#7. Ethiopia: 5
#9. Guatemala: 3
#10. Venezuela: 2

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 Kansas 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 Kansas: 296

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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#2. Syria

Refugees that arrived from Syria since October 2023
To Kansas: 74

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. Afghanistan

Refugees that arrived from Afghanistan since October 2023
To Kansas: 65

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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#4. Myanmar

Refugees that arrived from Myanmar since October 2023
To Kansas: 58

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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#5. Somalia

Refugees that arrived from Somalia since October 2023
To Kansas: 38

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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#5. Guatemala

Refugees that arrived from Guatemala since October 2023
To Kansas: 38

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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#7. Sudan

Refugees that arrived from Sudan since October 2023
To Kansas: 18

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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#8. Eritrea

Refugees that arrived from Eritrea since October 2023
To Kansas: 13

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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#9. Republic of South Sudan

Refugees that arrived from Republic of South Sudan since October 2023
To Kansas: 10

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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#9. Rwanda

Refugees that arrived from Rwanda since October 2023
To Kansas: 10

To the U.S. as a whole: 123
Top states receiving refugees from Rwanda
#1. Texas: 33
#2. North Carolina: 11
#3. South Carolina: 10
#3. Kansas: 10
#5. Kentucky: 9

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#9. Iraq

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

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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#12. Venezuela

Refugees that arrived from Venezuela since October 2023
To Kansas: 9

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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#13. Honduras

Refugees that arrived from Honduras since October 2023
To Kansas: 7

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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#14. Ethiopia

Refugees that arrived from Ethiopia since October 2023
To Kansas: 5

To the U.S. as a whole: 253
Top states receiving refugees from Ethiopia
#1. Minnesota: 76
#2. Ohio: 25
#3. Washington: 24
#4. Georgia: 23
#5. lowa: 12

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#14. El Salvador

Refugees that arrived from El Salvador since October 2023
To Kansas: 5

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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#16. Liberia

Refugees that arrived from Liberia since October 2023
To Kansas: 3

To the U.S. as a whole: 6
Top states receiving refugees from Liberia
#1. Kansas: 3
#2. Michigan: 1
#2. Pennsylvania: 1
#2. South Carolina: 1

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#16. Central African Republic

Refugees that arrived from Central African Republic since October 2023
To Kansas: 3

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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#18. Nicaragua

Refugees that arrived from Nicaragua since October 2023
To Kansas: 2

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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#19. Burundi

Refugees that arrived from Burundi since October 2023
To Kansas: 1

To the U.S. as a whole: 314
Top states receiving refugees from Burundi
#1. Texas: 48
#2. New York: 35
#3. Arizona: 32
#4. Pennsylvania: 28
#5. Michigan: 17

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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