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Where refugees in North Dakota are arriving from

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May 10, 2024
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Where refugees in North Dakota 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 April 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 North Dakota in April 2024.

April refugee statistics
Countries where refugees arrived from in April
To North Dakota:
#1. Congo: 29
#2. Afghanistan: 4
#3. Sudan: 3
#4. Republic of South Sudan: 1
#4. Somalia: 1

To the U.S. as a whole:
#1. Congo: 1,548
#2. Afghanistan: 815
#3. Myanmar: 601
#4. Somalia: 548
#5. Venezuela: 449

States that accepted the most refugees in April:
#1. Texas: 620
#2. California: 414
#3. New York: 360
#4. Pennsylvania: 355
#5. lowa: 339

Read on to see the countries that North Dakota 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 North Dakota: 77

To the U.S. as a whole: 13,322
Top states receiving refugees from Congo
#1. Texas: 1,213
#2. Kentucky: 1,106
#3. Arizona: 933
#4. New York: 829
#5. Ohio: 826

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#2. Venezuela

Refugees that arrived from Venezuela since October 2023
To North Dakota: 34

To the U.S. as a whole: 3,516
Top states receiving refugees from Venezuela
#1. Florida: 668
#2. Texas: 489
#3. Illinois: 210
#4. Georgia: 185
#5. New Jersey: 131

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#3. Guatemala

Refugees that arrived from Guatemala since October 2023
To North Dakota: 23

To the U.S. as a whole: 2,474
Top states receiving refugees from Guatemala
#1. California: 328
#2. Texas: 240
#3. North Carolina: 167
#4. Florida: 161
#5. New York: 113

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#4. Somalia

Refugees that arrived from Somalia since October 2023
To North Dakota: 20

To the U.S. as a whole: 2,148
Top states receiving refugees from Somalia
#1. Minnesota: 670
#2. Ohio: 157
#3. Arizona: 113
#4. New York: 110
#5. Missouri: 102

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#4. Sudan

Refugees that arrived from Sudan since October 2023
To North Dakota: 20

To the U.S. as a whole: 1,225
Top states receiving refugees from Sudan
#1. New York: 98
#2. Texas: 92
#3. Pennsylvania: 89
#4. Missouri: 73
#5. Ohio: 71

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#6. Nicaragua

Refugees that arrived from Nicaragua since October 2023
To North Dakota: 17

To the U.S. as a whole: 1,078
Top states receiving refugees from Nicaragua
#1. Florida: 171
#2. California: 92
#3. Texas: 69
#4. Minnesota: 57
#5. North Carolina: 46

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#7. Afghanistan

Refugees that arrived from Afghanistan since October 2023
To North Dakota: 13

To the U.S. as a whole: 7,771
Top states receiving refugees from Afghanistan
#1. California: 1,624
#2. Texas: 803
#3. Virginia: 775
#4. Washington: 519
#5. Maryland: 329

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#8. Burundi

Refugees that arrived from Burundi since October 2023
To North Dakota: 6

To the U.S. as a whole: 425
Top states receiving refugees from Burundi
#1. Texas: 54
#2. Arizona: 48
#3. New York: 41
#4. Pennsylvania: 37
#5. Maryland: 23

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#9. Pakistan

Refugees that arrived from Pakistan since October 2023
To North Dakota: 5

To the U.S. as a whole: 605
Top states receiving refugees from Pakistan
#1. Pennsylvania: 98
#2. Texas: 61
#3. Virginia: 57
#4. North Carolina: 46
#5. New York: 37

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#10. Central African Republic

Refugees that arrived from Central African Republic since October 2023
To North Dakota: 2

To the U.S. as a whole: 665
Top states receiving refugees from Central African Republic
#1. Missouri: 75
#2. Texas: 72
#3. Michigan: 55
#4. Georgia: 43
#5. Pennsylvania: 38

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#10. Colombia

Refugees that arrived from Colombia since October 2023
To North Dakota: 2

To the U.S. as a whole: 760
Top states receiving refugees from Colombia
#1. Florida: 98
#2. North Carolina: 70
#3. Texas: 58
#4. New York: 56
#5. Washington: 46

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#10. Ethiopia

Refugees that arrived from Ethiopia since October 2023
To North Dakota: 2

To the U.S. as a whole: 289
Top states receiving refugees from Ethiopia
#1. Minnesota: 76
#2. Washington: 28
#3. Georgia: 25
#3. Ohio: 25
#5. Texas: 23

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#10. Republic of South Sudan

Refugees that arrived from Republic of South Sudan since October 2023
To North Dakota: 2

To the U.S. as a whole: 799
Top states receiving refugees from Republic of South Sudan
#1. Texas: 86
#2. Nebraska: 70
#3. Colorado: 57
#4. Arizona: 54
#5. Connecticut: 53

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#14. Bangladesh

Refugees that arrived from Bangladesh since October 2023
To North Dakota: 1

To the U.S. as a whole: 2
Top states receiving refugees from Bangladesh
#1. Colorado: 1
#1. North Dakota: 1

This story features data reporting and writing by Emma Rubin and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 45 states.

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