Where refugees in Pennsylvania are arriving from

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August 24, 2022
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Where refugees in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania in July 2022.

July refugee statistics
Countries where refugees arrived from in July
Pennsylvania
#1. Democratic Republic of the Congo: 44
#2. Syria: 27
#3. Guatemala: 17
#4. Burma: 9
#5. Ukraine: 6
#5. Honduras: 6
#5. Iraq: 6
#8. Sudan: 3
#8. Venezuela: 3
#8. El Salvador: 3
#11. 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 Pennsylvania has accepted the most refugees from since October

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#1. Syria

Refugees that arrived from Syria since October
Pennsylvania: 300

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. Democratic Republic of the Congo

Refugees that arrived from Democratic Republic of the Congo since October
Pennsylvania: 179

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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#3. Sudan

Refugees that arrived from Sudan since October
Pennsylvania: 58

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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#3. Ukraine

Refugees that arrived from Ukraine since October
Pennsylvania: 58

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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#5. Guatemala

Refugees that arrived from Guatemala since October
Pennsylvania: 50

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

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#6. Burma

Refugees that arrived from Burma since October
Pennsylvania: 38

National: 1,347
Top states
#1. New York: 179
#2. Wisconsin: 176
#3. Texas: 124
#4. Georgia: 94
#5. North Carolina: 91

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#7. Iraq

Refugees that arrived from Iraq since October
Pennsylvania: 30

National: 378
Top states
#1. Michigan: 66
#2. California: 50
#3. Texas: 45
#4. New York: 30
#4. Pennsylvania: 30

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#8. El Salvador

Refugees that arrived from El Salvador since October
Pennsylvania: 18

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. Afghanistan

Refugees that arrived from Afghanistan since October
Pennsylvania: 16

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

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#10. Honduras

Refugees that arrived from Honduras since October
Pennsylvania: 14

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

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#11. Venezuela

Refugees that arrived from Venezuela since October
Pennsylvania: 6

National: 76
Top states
#1. Florida: 17
#2. Texas: 9
#3. Nevada: 8
#4. North Carolina: 7
#4. Washington: 7

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#12. Eritrea

Refugees that arrived from Eritrea since October
Pennsylvania: 5

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

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#12. Kazakhstan

Refugees that arrived from Kazakhstan since October
Pennsylvania: 5

National: 10
Top states
#1. Pennsylvania: 5
#1. New York: 5

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#14. Uganda

Refugees that arrived from Uganda since October
Pennsylvania: 3

National: 62
Top states
#1. California: 8
#2. Tennessee: 7
#2. Georgia: 7
#4. Massachusetts: 5
#4. Texas: 5

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#14. Somalia

Refugees that arrived from Somalia since October
Pennsylvania: 3

National: 333
Top states
#1. Minnesota: 95
#2. Ohio: 31
#3. New York: 25
#4. Washington: 23
#5. Texas: 20

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#14. Iran

Refugees that arrived from Iran since October
Pennsylvania: 3

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

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#14. Nepal

Refugees that arrived from Nepal since October
Pennsylvania: 3

National: 6
Top states
#1. Pennsylvania: 3
#2. Ohio: 1
#2. Iowa: 1
#2. Texas: 1

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#18. Uzbekistan

Refugees that arrived from Uzbekistan since October
Pennsylvania: 2

National: 3
Top states
#1. Pennsylvania: 2
#2. Texas: 1

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#18. Ethiopia

Refugees that arrived from Ethiopia since October
Pennsylvania: 2

National: 159
Top states
#1. Minnesota: 69
#2. Maryland: 17
#3. Colorado: 13
#4. Texas: 10
#5. Georgia: 7

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#18. Republic of South Sudan

Refugees that arrived from Republic of South Sudan since October
Pennsylvania: 2

National: 252
Top states
#1. Arizona: 41
#2. Maryland: 25
#3. Utah: 20
#4. Missouri: 19
#4. Texas: 19

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#21. Pakistan

Refugees that arrived from Pakistan since October
Pennsylvania: 1

National: 35
Top states
#1. California: 10
#2. New York: 7
#3. Ohio: 6
#4. South Carolina: 3
#4. Wisconsin: 3

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