Friday, September 11, 2015

Which states are the most and least welcoming to refugees and asylum-seekers?

Of the roughly 70,000 refugees entering the U.S. each year, five states with large rural populations—Idaho, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Vermont—were the most welcoming in 2013 and 2014, taking in 100 immigrants per every 100,000 residents, Jeff Guo reports for The Washington Post. Five other states with large rural populations—Arkansas, Hawaii, Mississippi, Montana and Wyoming—have taken in the least refugees, with Hawaii taking in 6 refugees over the past 11 months, Mississippi 10, Arkansas 14 and Montana and Wyoming having no record of taking in any refugees.

Refugees, mostly from Iraq, Burma, Bhutan and Somalia, are considered "people who apply for protected status from outside of the U.S.," Guo writes. Asylum-seekers, mostly from China, Egypt, Ethiopia and Nepal, who are "fleeing crises in their home countries can also try to first come over on a tourist or business visa and then apply to stay permanently—to seek asylum. These people aren’t considered refugees, bureaucratically speaking. Rather, they are counted separately, as asylum-seekers." In 2013, 25,000 asylum-seekers came to the U.S. (Read more) (Post map)

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