Monday, April 15, 2013

Which States Accepted the Most Refugees in 2012?

The states play a key role in the U.S. government’s promise of protection to people...escaping repressive and war-torn countries.

Millions of federal dollars flow every year through the states and a network of relief organizations to help refugees find housing, health care and jobs.

During this fiscal year, for example, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement will spend $372 million on transitional and medical services and another $153 million on social services.

In the refugee assistance program, two other war-torn countries follow Bhutan with the most refugees settled in the United States last year, according to state-by-state figures from the Office of Refugee Resettlement:

More than 14,000 refugees came from Burma, also known as Myanmar, which until 2011 had been ruled by a military junta accused of widespread human rights violations, with the most arriving in Texas and New York.

After 10 years of war, some 12,000 refugees came from Iraq, most going to California and Michigan.

Fewer than 450 refugees came from Afghanistan, again most of them heading to California.

Texas accepted the most refugees last year, more than 5,900. On the other end of the spectrum, Hawaii and Montana each accepted just one. A refugee from Burma arrived in Hawaii and an Iraqi went to Montana, according to HHS.

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