Where refugees in Utah are arriving from

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

July refugee statistics
Countries where refugees arrived from in July
Utah
#1. Sudan: 11
#2. Democratic Republic of the Congo: 10
#3. Burma: 8
#4. Syria: 6
#5. Guatemala: 4
#6. Somalia: 2
#7. Honduras: 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 Utah has accepted the most refugees from since October

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#1. Democratic Republic of the Congo

Refugees that arrived from Democratic Republic of the Congo since October
Utah: 103

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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#2. Syria

Refugees that arrived from Syria since October
Utah: 68

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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#3. Sudan

Refugees that arrived from Sudan since October
Utah: 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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#4. Republic of South Sudan

Refugees that arrived from Republic of South Sudan since October
Utah: 20

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

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#5. Central African Republic

Refugees that arrived from Central African Republic since October
Utah: 14

National: 147
Top states
#1. North Carolina: 30
#2. Arizona: 28
#3. Georgia: 21
#4. Utah: 14
#5. Texas: 9

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#5. Somalia

Refugees that arrived from Somalia since October
Utah: 14

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

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#7. Burma

Refugees that arrived from Burma since October
Utah: 12

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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#8. Afghanistan

Refugees that arrived from Afghanistan since October
Utah: 11

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

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#9. Guatemala

Refugees that arrived from Guatemala since October
Utah: 8

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

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#10. El Salvador

Refugees that arrived from El Salvador since October
Utah: 7

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

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#11. Honduras

Refugees that arrived from Honduras since October
Utah: 6

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

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#12. Korea, North

Refugees that arrived from Korea, North since October
Utah: 4

National: 4
Top states
#1. Utah: 4

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#13. Iraq

Refugees that arrived from Iraq since October
Utah: 2

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

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#13. China

Refugees that arrived from China since October
Utah: 2

National: 6
Top states
#1. New York: 4
#2. Utah: 2

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#15. Jordan

Refugees that arrived from Jordan since October
Utah: 1

National: 3
Top states
#1. Massachusetts: 1
#1. Washington: 1
#1. Utah: 1

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#15. Ivory Coast

Refugees that arrived from Ivory Coast since October
Utah: 1

National: 2
Top states
#1. Maine: 1
#1. Utah: 1

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#15. Eritrea

Refugees that arrived from Eritrea since October
Utah: 1

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

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#15. Uganda

Refugees that arrived from Uganda since October
Utah: 1

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

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