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Where refugees in Tennessee are arriving from

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May 10, 2024
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Where refugees in Tennessee 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 Tennessee in April 2024.

April refugee statistics
Countries where refugees arrived from in April
To Tennessee:
#1. Congo: 20
#2. Afghanistan: 7
#3. Colombia: 5
#4. Russia: 3
#5. Myanmar: 1
#5. Central African Republic: 1
#5. Republic of South Sudan: 1
#5. Sudan: 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 Tennessee 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 Tennessee: 332

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 Tennessee: 120

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. Syria

Refugees that arrived from Syria since October 2023
To Tennessee: 81

To the U.S. as a whole: 7,781
Top states receiving refugees from Syria
#1. New York: 749
#2. Michigan: 742
#3. Pennsylvania: 551
#4. Texas: 440
#5. California: 429

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#4. Myanmar

Refugees that arrived from Myanmar since October 2023
To Tennessee: 74

To the U.S. as a whole: 4,265
Top states receiving refugees from Myanmar
#1. Texas: 497
#2. Illinois: 490
#3. New York: 396
#4. Georgia: 295
#5. Wisconsin: 258

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#4. Afghanistan

Refugees that arrived from Afghanistan since October 2023
To Tennessee: 74

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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#6. Sudan

Refugees that arrived from Sudan since October 2023
To Tennessee: 36

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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#7. Colombia

Refugees that arrived from Colombia since October 2023
To Tennessee: 35

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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#8. Republic of South Sudan

Refugees that arrived from Republic of South Sudan since October 2023
To Tennessee: 33

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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#8. Nicaragua

Refugees that arrived from Nicaragua since October 2023
To Tennessee: 33

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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#10. Guatemala

Refugees that arrived from Guatemala since October 2023
To Tennessee: 29

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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#11. Somalia

Refugees that arrived from Somalia since October 2023
To Tennessee: 26

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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#12. El Salvador

Refugees that arrived from El Salvador since October 2023
To Tennessee: 15

To the U.S. as a whole: 866
Top states receiving refugees from El Salvador
#1. Texas: 119
#2. California: 99
#3. Maryland: 83
#4. Virginia: 69
#5. North Carolina: 63

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#13. Republic of Congo

Refugees that arrived from Republic of Congo since October 2023
To Tennessee: 10

To the U.S. as a whole: 311
Top states receiving refugees from Republic of Congo
#1. Missouri: 29
#1. Pennsylvania: 29
#3. South Carolina: 24
#3. Illinois: 24
#5. Massachusetts: 21

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#13. Eritrea

Refugees that arrived from Eritrea since October 2023
To Tennessee: 10

To the U.S. as a whole: 1,259
Top states receiving refugees from Eritrea
#1. Texas: 139
#2. Washington: 120
#3. lowa: 75
#4. North Carolina: 74
#5. Ohio: 73

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#13. Iraq

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

To the U.S. as a whole: 921
Top states receiving refugees from Iraq
#1. California: 162
#2. Michigan: 116
#3. Texas: 66
#4. Washington: 56
#5. Nebraska: 54

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#16. Burundi

Refugees that arrived from Burundi since October 2023
To Tennessee: 8

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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#16. Central African Republic

Refugees that arrived from Central African Republic since October 2023
To Tennessee: 8

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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#18. Cuba

Refugees that arrived from Cuba since October 2023
To Tennessee: 7

To the U.S. as a whole: 89
Top states receiving refugees from Cuba
#1. Florida: 39
#2. Texas: 10
#3. Tennessee: 7
#4. Washington: 6
#5. New Hampshire: 4

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#19. Ethiopia

Refugees that arrived from Ethiopia since October 2023
To Tennessee: 6

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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#20. Kazakhstan

Refugees that arrived from Kazakhstan since October 2023
To Tennessee: 5

To the U.S. as a whole: 109
Top states receiving refugees from Kazakhstan
#1. Washington: 41
#2. California: 19
#2. Pennsylvania: 19
#4. Oregon: 10
#5. Massachusetts: 8

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#21. Iran

Refugees that arrived from Iran since October 2023
To Tennessee: 4

To the U.S. as a whole: 278
Top states receiving refugees from Iran
#1. California: 165
#2. Texas: 19
#3. Washington: 11
#4. North Carolina: 10
#5. Virginia: 9

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#21. Honduras

Refugees that arrived from Honduras since October 2023
To Tennessee: 4

To the U.S. as a whole: 595
Top states receiving refugees from Honduras
#1. Texas: 104
#2. Florida: 81
#3. Georgia: 40
#4. California: 39
#5. New York: 32

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#23. Pakistan

Refugees that arrived from Pakistan since October 2023
To Tennessee: 3

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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#23. Russia

Refugees that arrived from Russia since October 2023
To Tennessee: 3

To the U.S. as a whole: 285
Top states receiving refugees from Russia
#1. Washington: 77
#2. California: 57
#3. Oregon: 24
#4. North Carolina: 22
#5. Minnesota: 20

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#25. Haiti

Refugees that arrived from Haiti since October 2023
To Tennessee: 2

To the U.S. as a whole: 130
Top states receiving refugees from Haiti
#1. Pennsylvania: 25
#2. Florida: 19
#3. Georgia: 14
#4. Colorado: 9
#5. California: 8

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#25. Ukraine

Refugees that arrived from Ukraine since October 2023
To Tennessee: 2

To the U.S. as a whole: 1,033
Top states receiving refugees from Ukraine
#1. Washington: 377
#2. California: 166
#3. New York: 57
#4. Florida: 51
#5. Ohio: 48

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#27. Moldova

Refugees that arrived from Moldova since October 2023
To Tennessee: 1

To the U.S. as a whole: 300
Top states receiving refugees from Moldova
#1. California: 95
#2. Washington: 94
#3. Florida: 18
#4. Minnesota: 17
#4. Oregon: 17

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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