Where refugees in New Jersey are arriving from

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August 24, 2022
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Where refugees in New Jersey are arriving from

The United States has officially accepted more than 100,000 Ukrainian refugees since Russia's invasion of Ukraine earlier this year. The vast majority of these refugees are entering the country on humanitarian parole, which grants them temporary legal status in the U.S. These types of admittances are not tracked in the refugee case management system being used by the Refugee Processing Center.

Most of the refugees resettled in the United States through the official resettlement program are from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Syria. Both countries have complex histories rife with regional war, social unrest, political corruption, and unstable governance.

The DCR has more than 5.5 million internally displaced persons and more than half a million refugees and asylum seekers from neighboring countries impacted by regional conflicts dating back to the early 1990s. Syria is more than a decade into a civil war that began with a violent government crackdown on non-violent anti-government demonstrations. Since then, nearly 7 million Syrians have fled the country, and another 7 million are internally displaced.

Stacker referenced data from The Refugee Processing Center to compile statistics on the number of refugees and their countries of origin resettled in New Jersey in July 2022.

July refugee statistics
Countries where refugees arrived from in July
New Jersey
#1. Afghanistan: 1

National
#1. Democratic Republic of the Congo: 1,182
#2. Syria: 270
#3. Burma: 218
#4. Afghanistan: 127
#5. Sudan: 103

States that accepted the most refugees in July
#1. California: 202
#2. Ohio: 166
#3. New York: 152
#4. North Carolina: 150
#5. Texas: 150

Read on to see the countries that New Jersey has accepted the most refugees from since October

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#1. Syria

Refugees that arrived from Syria since October
New Jersey: 62

National: 3,795
Top states
#1. California: 415
#2. Michigan: 369
#3. Pennsylvania: 300
#4. New York: 289
#5. Texas: 249

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#2. Guatemala

Refugees that arrived from Guatemala since October
New Jersey: 53

National: 774
Top states
#1. California: 159
#2. Texas: 99
#3. New Jersey: 53
#4. Pennsylvania: 50
#5. Georgia: 44

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#3. Honduras

Refugees that arrived from Honduras since October
New Jersey: 28

National: 325
Top states
#1. Texas: 34
#2. Massachusetts: 31
#2. Florida: 31
#4. New Jersey: 28
#5. Virginia: 24

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#4. Democratic Republic of the Congo

Refugees that arrived from Democratic Republic of the Congo since October
New Jersey: 20

National: 4,917
Top states
#1. Kentucky: 569
#2. Texas: 454
#3. Ohio: 277
#4. Arizona: 269
#5. North Carolina: 256

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#5. Colombia

Refugees that arrived from Colombia since October
New Jersey: 15

National: 115
Top states
#1. North Carolina: 17
#2. New Jersey: 15
#2. New York: 15
#4. Florida: 13
#5. Virginia: 9

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#6. Afghanistan

Refugees that arrived from Afghanistan since October
New Jersey: 9

National: 971
Top states
#1. California: 184
#2. Virginia: 136
#3. Texas: 132
#4. Colorado: 78
#5. Washington: 61

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#6. Ukraine

Refugees that arrived from Ukraine since October
New Jersey: 9

National: 1,126
Top states
#1. Washington: 332
#2. California: 225
#3. New York: 74
#4. Missouri: 58
#4. Pennsylvania: 58

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#8. El Salvador

Refugees that arrived from El Salvador since October
New Jersey: 5

National: 399
Top states
#1. California: 101
#2. Maryland: 59
#3. New York: 32
#4. Virginia: 26
#5. Texas: 25

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#9. Sudan

Refugees that arrived from Sudan since October
New Jersey: 4

National: 1,413
Top states
#1. North Carolina: 111
#2. Texas: 103
#3. New York: 72
#4. Idaho: 70
#5. Arizona: 68

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#10. Iran

Refugees that arrived from Iran since October
New Jersey: 3

National: 213
Top states
#1. California: 59
#2. Texas: 29
#3. Georgia: 17
#4. Virginia: 16
#5. Nevada: 13

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#11. Eritrea

Refugees that arrived from Eritrea since October
New Jersey: 2

National: 196
Top states
#1. Iowa: 18
#2. Washington: 16
#3. Georgia: 15
#4. Arizona: 14
#5. Texas: 13

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#12. Liberia

Refugees that arrived from Liberia since October
New Jersey: 1

National: 7
Top states
#1. Texas: 6
#2. New Jersey: 1

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