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Where refugees in New York are arriving from

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July 11, 2024
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Where refugees in New York 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 June 2024, the greatest number of refugees admitted by the U.S. came from Venezuela, Afghanistan, and Congo. Each nation faces a unique set of circumstances that can make their citizens unsafe if they stay in their home country.

In Venezuela, over 7.5 million people have left the country due to extreme inflation, violence, food and medicine scarcity, and other factors. Most have resettled in Latin American and Caribbean countries. Afghan refugees have been fleeing to neighboring countries for decades, especially to Pakistan and Iran, which combined host over 8 million Afghans. 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.

Stacker referenced data from the Refugee Processing Center to compile statistics on the number of refugees and their countries of origin resettled in New York in June 2024. Countries with only one refugee since October 2023 are not included.

June refugee statistics
Countries where refugees arrived from in June
To New York:
#1. Congo: 63
#2. Venezuela: 58
#3. Somalia: 45
#4. Afghanistan: 38
#5. Myanmar: 37
#6. Republic of South Sudan: 24
#7. Honduras: 19
#7. Syria: 19
#9. Sudan: 11
#10. Nicaragua: 8
#10. Pakistan: 8
#12. Iraq: 7
#13. Cuba: 5
#14. Central African Republic: 2
#14. Iran: 2
#14. Belarus: 2
#14. Ivory Coast: 2
#14. Russia: 2
#19. Ethiopia: 1
#19. Guatemala: 1

To the U.S. as a whole:
#1. Venezuela: 1,163
#2. Afghanistan: 1,093
#3. Congo: 615
#4. Syria: 422
#5. Somalia: 403

States that accepted the most refugees in June:
#1. Texas: 619
#2. California: 370
#3. New York: 355
#4. Florida: 339
#5. Arizona: 243

Read on to see the countries that New York 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 New York: 1,002

To the U.S. as a whole: 15,226
Top states receiving refugees from Congo
#1. Texas: 1,392
#2. Kentucky: 1,286
#3. Arizona: 1,050
#4. New York: 1,002
#5. Ohio: 966

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#2. Syria

Refugees that arrived from Syria since October 2023
To New York: 857

To the U.S. as a whole: 8,653
Top states receiving refugees from Syria
#1. New York: 857
#2. Michigan: 806
#3. Pennsylvania: 640
#4. Texas: 510
#5. California: 479

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#3. Myanmar

Refugees that arrived from Myanmar since October 2023
To New York: 492

To the U.S. as a whole: 5,034
Top states receiving refugees from Myanmar
#1. Texas: 581
#2. Illinois: 545
#3. New York: 492
#4. Wisconsin: 369
#5. Georgia: 362

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#4. Afghanistan

Refugees that arrived from Afghanistan since October 2023
To New York: 462

To the U.S. as a whole: 9,974
Top states receiving refugees from Afghanistan
#1. California: 2,006
#2. Texas: 1,012
#3. Virginia: 854
#4. Washington: 605
#5. New York: 462

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#5. Somalia

Refugees that arrived from Somalia since October 2023
To New York: 208

To the U.S. as a whole: 3,185
Top states receiving refugees from Somalia
#1. Minnesota: 959
#2. Ohio: 219
#3. New York: 208
#4. Arizona: 171
#5. Missouri: 150

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#6. Venezuela

Refugees that arrived from Venezuela since October 2023
To New York: 199

To the U.S. as a whole: 5,616
Top states receiving refugees from Venezuela
#1. Florida: 933
#2. Texas: 802
#3. Illinois: 352
#4. Georgia: 253
#5. North Carolina: 204

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#7. Guatemala

Refugees that arrived from Guatemala since October 2023
To New York: 134

To the U.S. as a whole: 3,253
Top states receiving refugees from Guatemala
#1. California: 425
#2. Texas: 340
#3. Florida: 204
#4. North Carolina: 199
#5. Georgia: 136

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#7. Sudan

Refugees that arrived from Sudan since October 2023
To New York: 134

To the U.S. as a whole: 1,544
Top states receiving refugees from Sudan
#1. New York: 134
#2. Ohio: 118
#3. Texas: 112
#4. Missouri: 100
#5. Pennsylvania: 95

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#9. Republic of South Sudan

Refugees that arrived from Republic of South Sudan since October 2023
To New York: 85

To the U.S. as a whole: 1,045
Top states receiving refugees from Republic of South Sudan
#1. Texas: 101
#2. Nebraska: 95
#3. New York: 85
#4. Colorado: 66
#4. Arizona: 66

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#10. Ukraine

Refugees that arrived from Ukraine since October 2023
To New York: 75

To the U.S. as a whole: 1,263
Top states receiving refugees from Ukraine
#1. Washington: 483
#2. California: 201
#3. New York: 75
#4. Florida: 66
#5. Ohio: 54

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#11. Eritrea

Refugees that arrived from Eritrea since October 2023
To New York: 71

To the U.S. as a whole: 1,613
Top states receiving refugees from Eritrea
#1. Washington: 162
#1. Texas: 162
#3. North Carolina: 104
#4. Iowa: 98
#5. Ohio: 97

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#12. Colombia

Refugees that arrived from Colombia since October 2023
To New York: 64

To the U.S. as a whole: 967
Top states receiving refugees from Colombia
#1. Florida: 124
#2. North Carolina: 91
#3. Texas: 81
#4. New York: 64
#5. Washington: 63

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#13. El Salvador

Refugees that arrived from El Salvador since October 2023
To New York: 61

To the U.S. as a whole: 987
Top states receiving refugees from El Salvador
#1. Texas: 134
#2. California: 114
#3. Maryland: 107
#4. Virginia: 74
#5. North Carolina: 70

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#14. Iraq

Refugees that arrived from Iraq since October 2023
To New York: 59

To the U.S. as a whole: 1,300
Top states receiving refugees from Iraq
#1. California: 209
#2. Michigan: 172
#3. Texas: 106
#4. Nebraska: 71
#5. Arizona: 67

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#15. Honduras

Refugees that arrived from Honduras since October 2023
To New York: 55

To the U.S. as a whole: 727
Top states receiving refugees from Honduras
#1. Texas: 118
#2. Florida: 87
#3. New York: 55
#4. California: 42
#4. Georgia: 42

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#15. Nicaragua

Refugees that arrived from Nicaragua since October 2023
To New York: 55

To the U.S. as a whole: 1,921
Top states receiving refugees from Nicaragua
#1. Florida: 245
#2. Texas: 147
#3. California: 143
#4. Minnesota: 107
#5. Arizona: 88

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#17. Pakistan

Refugees that arrived from Pakistan since October 2023
To New York: 49

To the U.S. as a whole: 704
Top states receiving refugees from Pakistan
#1. Pennsylvania: 101
#2. Texas: 73
#3. Virginia: 62
#4. New York: 49
#5. North Carolina: 46

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#18. Burundi

Refugees that arrived from Burundi since October 2023
To New York: 41

To the U.S. as a whole: 476
Top states receiving refugees from Burundi
#1. Texas: 54
#2. Arizona: 49
#3. New York: 41
#4. Pennsylvania: 37
#5. Iowa: 30

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#19. Kyrgyzstan

Refugees that arrived from Kyrgyzstan since October 2023
To New York: 37

To the U.S. as a whole: 60
Top states receiving refugees from Kyrgyzstan
#1. New York: 37
#2. Oregon: 8
#2. Pennsylvania: 8
#4. Illinois: 7

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#20. Central African Republic

Refugees that arrived from Central African Republic since October 2023
To New York: 32

To the U.S. as a whole: 725
Top states receiving refugees from Central African Republic
#1. Missouri: 75
#2. Texas: 72
#3. Michigan: 55
#4. Georgia: 43
#5. North Carolina: 40

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#21. Belarus

Refugees that arrived from Belarus since October 2023
To New York: 27

To the U.S. as a whole: 295
Top states receiving refugees from Belarus
#1. Washington: 70
#2. California: 50
#3. New York: 27
#4. Massachusetts: 26
#5. Pennsylvania: 24

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#22. Republic of Congo

Refugees that arrived from Republic of Congo since October 2023
To New York: 25

To the U.S. as a whole: 338
Top states receiving refugees from Republic of Congo
#1. Missouri: 32
#2. Pennsylvania: 28
#3. New York: 25
#3. Illinois: 25
#5. South Carolina: 24

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#23. Mali

Refugees that arrived from Mali since October 2023
To New York: 24

To the U.S. as a whole: 176
Top states receiving refugees from Mali
#1. Pennsylvania: 27
#2. New York: 24
#3. South Carolina: 23
#4. Connecticut: 13
#4. Michigan: 13

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#24. Ethiopia

Refugees that arrived from Ethiopia since October 2023
To New York: 13

To the U.S. as a whole: 339
Top states receiving refugees from Ethiopia
#1. Minnesota: 98
#2. Texas: 31
#3. Washington: 28
#4. Ohio: 27
#5. Georgia: 25

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#24. Uzbekistan

Refugees that arrived from Uzbekistan since October 2023
To New York: 13

To the U.S. as a whole: 44
Top states receiving refugees from Uzbekistan
#1. New York: 13
#2. Washington: 12
#3. California: 8
#4. Ohio: 6
#5. Oregon: 5

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#24. Yemen

Refugees that arrived from Yemen since October 2023
To New York: 13

To the U.S. as a whole: 103
Top states receiving refugees from Yemen
#1. Michigan: 21
#2. Georgia: 13
#2. New York: 13
#4. Montana: 12
#5. Arizona: 8

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#27. Rwanda

Refugees that arrived from Rwanda since October 2023
To New York: 11

To the U.S. as a whole: 201
Top states receiving refugees from Rwanda
#1. Texas: 49
#2. South Carolina: 12
#2. Kentucky: 12
#2. Arizona: 12
#5. North Carolina: 11

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#28. Russia

Refugees that arrived from Russia since October 2023
To New York: 9

To the U.S. as a whole: 295
Top states receiving refugees from Russia
#1. Washington: 77
#2. California: 62
#3. Oregon: 24
#4. North Carolina: 22
#5. Minnesota: 20

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#28. Cuba

Refugees that arrived from Cuba since October 2023
To New York: 9

To the U.S. as a whole: 130
Top states receiving refugees from Cuba
#1. Florida: 51
#2. Texas: 17
#3. Tennessee: 10
#4. New York: 9
#5. Washington: 6

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#30. Moldova

Refugees that arrived from Moldova since October 2023
To New York: 7

To the U.S. as a whole: 320
Top states receiving refugees from Moldova
#1. Washington: 100
#2. California: 97
#3. Florida: 24
#4. Oregon: 22
#5. Minnesota: 17

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#31. Haiti

Refugees that arrived from Haiti since October 2023
To New York: 3

To the U.S. as a whole: 187
Top states receiving refugees from Haiti
#1. Pennsylvania: 29
#2. Florida: 26
#3. Texas: 14
#3. Georgia: 14
#5. Missouri: 12

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#31. Cameroon

Refugees that arrived from Cameroon since October 2023
To New York: 3

To the U.S. as a whole: 102
Top states receiving refugees from Cameroon
#1. Texas: 13
#1. Pennsylvania: 13
#3. Nevada: 8
#4. Maryland: 7
#4. California: 7

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#31. Iran

Refugees that arrived from Iran since October 2023
To New York: 3

To the U.S. as a whole: 337
Top states receiving refugees from Iran
#1. California: 207
#2. Texas: 22
#3. Washington: 13
#3. Georgia: 13
#5. Illinois: 10

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#34. Tanzania

Refugees that arrived from Tanzania since October 2023
To New York: 2

To the U.S. as a whole: 6
Top states receiving refugees from Tanzania
#1. Colorado: 4
#2. New York: 2

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#34. Uganda

Refugees that arrived from Uganda since October 2023
To New York: 2

To the U.S. as a whole: 35
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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#34. Ivory Coast

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

To the U.S. as a whole: 63
Top states receiving refugees from Ivory Coast
#1. Pennsylvania: 10
#2. Minnesota: 8
#3. Massachusetts: 7
#4. Arkansas: 6
#5. Florida: 4

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#34. Georgia

Refugees that arrived from Georgia since October 2023
To New York: 2

To the U.S. as a whole: 34
Top states receiving refugees from Georgia
#1. Washington: 23
#2. Pennsylvania: 4
#3. California: 3
#4. Indiana: 2
#4. New York: 2

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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