Where refugees in Virginia are arriving from

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

July refugee statistics
Countries where refugees arrived from in July
Virginia
#1. Afghanistan: 31
#2. Democratic Republic of the Congo: 8
#3. Syria: 7
#4. Ethiopia: 5
#5. Honduras: 4

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 Virginia has accepted the most refugees from since October

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#1. Afghanistan

Refugees that arrived from Afghanistan since October
Virginia: 136

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

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#2. Democratic Republic of the Congo

Refugees that arrived from Democratic Republic of the Congo since October
Virginia: 90

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. Syria

Refugees that arrived from Syria since October
Virginia: 79

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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#4. El Salvador

Refugees that arrived from El Salvador since October
Virginia: 26

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

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#5. Honduras

Refugees that arrived from Honduras since October
Virginia: 24

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

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#6. Guatemala

Refugees that arrived from Guatemala since October
Virginia: 22

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

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#7. Iran

Refugees that arrived from Iran since October
Virginia: 16

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

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#7. Sudan

Refugees that arrived from Sudan since October
Virginia: 16

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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#9. Burma

Refugees that arrived from Burma since October
Virginia: 15

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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#10. Colombia

Refugees that arrived from Colombia since October
Virginia: 9

National: 115
Top states
#1. North Carolina: 17
#2. New Jersey: 15
#2. New York: 15
#4. Florida: 13
#5. Virginia: 9

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#10. Ukraine

Refugees that arrived from Ukraine since October
Virginia: 9

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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#12. Republic of South Sudan

Refugees that arrived from Republic of South Sudan since October
Virginia: 8

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

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#13. Eritrea

Refugees that arrived from Eritrea since October
Virginia: 6

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

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#13. Iraq

Refugees that arrived from Iraq since October
Virginia: 6

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

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#15. Ethiopia

Refugees that arrived from Ethiopia since October
Virginia: 5

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

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#16. Bhutan

Refugees that arrived from Bhutan since October
Virginia: 4

National: 14
Top states
#1. Georgia: 4
#1. Virginia: 4
#3. Ohio: 3
#3. Minnesota: 3

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#17. Pakistan

Refugees that arrived from Pakistan since October
Virginia: 2

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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