Refugees, by the numbers


See end of article for a complete package of refugee stories in this issue.

16 million Number of refugees worldwide in 2008

60,193 Number of refugees who settled in the U.S. that year

19,264 Number who settled in Western  states

0 Number who settled in Wyoming and Montana
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2.6 million Minimum number of refugees who have settled in the U.S. since 1975
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64,816 Number of refugee arrivals in Western states, 2004-2007

24,712; 9,047; 3,288 Number of refugee arrivals, 2004-2007, for California, Arizona and Utah, respectively

688, 20, 0 Number for New Mexico, Montana and Wyoming, respectively, in 2004-2007
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3,310 Number of african-born people living in Colorado in 1990

17,914 Number in 2007
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58,600 Number of foreign-born people living in Utah in 1990

215,757 Number in 2007
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35,921 Number of arizonans in 1990 who were born in asia

Number in 2007
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15 Number in Colorado

9 Number
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576 Number of refugees arriving in the U.S. from afghanistan in 2008

18,139 Number arriving from Burma
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207,000 Number of refugees who resettled in U.S. in 1980, mostly from Southeast asia
27,110 Number of refugees allowed to resettle in the U.S. in 2002, thanks to 9/11
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4 million Number of iraqis who have been displaced by war

50,000 Number of iraqi refugees who have been submitted for settlement in U.S. and elsewhere

More refugee stories:


Editor’s note: The newest Westerners
Immigrants from around the world are changing traditionally white Western communities such as Boise, Idah

Refugees unsettle the West
In Greeley, Colorado, a meatpacking plant observes Muslim traditions such as Ramadan while multicultural refugees adapt to the West's very different landscape and culture.

An orphan heads to college
Chan Kuoth's journey has taken him from Sudan to Tucson, Ariz., where he hopes to help other refugees.

A hard-fought immigration victory
Valentina Kabinov's family, Jewish refugees from the former Soviet Union, fought for years to stay in the U.S.

Seeking a vocation in a no-man’s land
Salam Talib, who barely escaped from Iraq with his life, now seeks a new beginning in San Francisco.

Refugees by the numbers
Placing the influx of refugees in the West in context.

More than English
The Emily Griffith School has taught English to immigrants and refugees since its Language Learning Center opened in 1981. Using creativity, games and encouragement, the school also offers an orientation to U.S. culture and workplace protocol.

“I like America”
Multimedia: A unique neighborhood north of Seattle is home to about a dozen different ethnic groups, most of them refugees. The neighborhood center is used on Sunday mornings for Russian church, on Fridays for Arabic Muslim services, on weeknights for ESL classes for Somali Bantu.

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