Here is a state by state, country by country data base for refugees resettled where you live. This just popped up in my alerts so ORR must have just released last year’s numbers and generated news stories like our previous post about Houston being the top choice for the resettlement contractors to drop off refugees.
Looks like Wyoming and Montana come in first place with zero refugees resettled because they don’t even make the chart! Oh, and isn’t this interesting—what! No refugees go to Obama’s home state of Hawaii–one of the most liberal states in the Nation?
Houston gets the lucky distinction of being the destination for the largest number of refugees in America this year!
From the Associated Press:
HOUSTON (AP) — A report finds Texas has become the favorite destination for refugees seeking haven in the United States.
Houston on Monday began marking World Refugee Day, which is June 20.
The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/KuslFG ) reports more than 5,600 refugees reached Texas last year. Houston was the favorite city nationwide.
The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement says a total of 56,419 refugees settled in the U.S. during 2011, with about 10 percent in Texas.
Caitriona Lyons with the state’s Refugee Resettlement Program credits the strong Texas economy and affordable housing.
I just typed “Houston” into our search function because I know I’ve written many posts on it and the refugee problems the city faces, but if you only have time for one, read Refugee Horrors in Houston, here from 2009.