North Dakota ranks 2nd among states resettling refugees per capita

Published: Dec. 7, 2016 at 11:47 AM CST
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According to new analysis by the Pew Research Center, the U.S. took in nearly 85,000 refugees last fiscal year, the most since 1999. But some states take the lion’s share, while others receive none. And North Dakota ranks only behind Nebraska in states taking refugees per capita at 71 refugees per 100,000 residents.

Minnesota came in with the highest single-year per capita rate of any state in the last ten years, 124 refugees settled for every 100,000 residents in fiscal year 2005. The majority of those individuals were from Laos.

The Pew Center research includes California, Texas and New York took in the most refugees last fiscal year at 20,738 people. That’s nearly a quarter of all refugees admitted to the U.S. Michigan, Ohio, Arizona, North Carolina, Washington, Pennsylvania and Illinois each admitted roughly 3,000 refugees to their respective states. Those make up the top 10 highest resettlement states in the country, and 54% of refugees admitted to the country went to one of those 10.

On the other hand, Arkansas, the District of Columbia and Wyoming resettled fewer than 10 refugees and Delaware and Hawaii took none.

For fiscal year 2016, President Obama increased the number of refugees admitted to the country to 85,000, which is 15,000 more people than the previous year. The Democratic Republic of the Congo was the top country of origin for refugees coming to the U.S. with Syria sitting in second.

Click the link to view the Pew Research for yourself.