By 2011, there were about 15.4 million refugees identified worldwide, with 10.4 million receiving help from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The United States plays a major part in assisting with efforts to provide protection for refugees. Explore the map below & check out the top five countries of origin for refugees in the US.
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Country of Origin and number of Refugees Admitted
for year 2011
1. Burma 16,972
2. Bhutan 14,999
3. Iraq 9,388
4 Somalia 3,161
5 Cuba 2,920
6 Eritrea 2,032
7 Iran 2,032
8 Former Soviet Union 1,226
9. Democratic Republic of Congo 977
10 Ethiopia 560
Of the 56,424 refugees who arrived in the United States, 2,972 came to Pennsylvania.
The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program works with the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services and has helped to resettle over 2.9 million refugees since 1975. The program provides refugees who have entered the United States with services that are tailored to their personal needs; eligible individuals can receive services, such as housing, food, clothing, health, career services, school registration for children, and more.
State of the World’s Refugees
TED Talk - “Tan Le: My Immigration Story” (Vietnamese Refugee)
“Immigration Myths with Ben Powell”:
Amnesty International’s “When You Don’t Exist”