Top ten languages spoken by refugees admitted to US (2008-2013)

Your tax dollars! 

What did convicted murderer Esar Met’s translation services cost the taxpayers of Utah?

Note especially to our Wyoming and Toledo, Ohio readers!

When your “welcoming” community is preparing to open its arms to refugees for the first time, remember it is required by federal law that your local government is responsible for the cost of educating the kids (don’t forget the ESL budget), and for providing interpreters for medical services (refugees come with HIV/AIDS and TB, need costly meds) and for any court proceedings (how much did that recent refugee murder trial cost Utah or the Colorado rape trial cost?).

One huge problem that happened near where I live is that fire and rescue had an emergency involving a refugee they were not aware of, and due to a language barrier an unnecessarily expensive and frightening ‘rescue’ occurred because they thought the woman had Ebola (a disease first discovered in the Congo)!

Here is some useful data for your consideration.  Local governments! Better get your translators lined up!

Top ten languages spoken by recent refugees!  (from WRAPSnet)  Note Arabic is number one!

Rank Language FY 2008 FY 2009 FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013 Total
1 Arabic 9,767 13,675 15,199 7,372 9,938 17,233 73,184
2 Nepali 5,302 13,450 12,355 14,993 15,114 9,164 70,378
3 Sgaw Karen 7,460 3,331 5,833 6,521 4,148 5,011 32,304
4 Somali 2,403 3,879 4,787 3,057 4,763 7,295 26,184
5 Spanish 4,243 4,831 4,951 2,976 2,075 4,429 23,505
6 Chaldean 2,897 3,783 2,550 1,392 1,790 1,954 14,366
7 Burmese 3,769 2,040 1,414 1,290 1,146 1,523 11,182
8 Armenian 3,625 3,444 1,798 747 387 875 10,876
9 Kayah 0 5,267 1,922 1,179 595 784 9,747
10 Other Minor Languages 1,787 1,913 1,667 673 1,005 1,277 8,322
Report Total 41,253 55,613 52,476 40,200 40,961 49,545 280,048
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