Monday, August 8, 2016

2014 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics: Refugee Admissions


Jennifer Koh posted a link to the 2014 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, which was recently released by the Department of Homeland Security.    Over the next week or so, I am highlighting some of the data that I find interesting in the 2014 Yearbook. 

Last week, I looked at the removal numbersTwo days ago, we looked at the numbers of lawful immigrants by region, with Asia outpacing North America in sending lawful immigrants to the United States. 

The overseas refugee program allows noncitizens who fear persecution to seek admission into the United States as a refugee.  The President, in consultation with Congress, establishes annual numbers for refugee admissions.  The immigration laws also allow noncitizens in the United States who fear persecution if returned to their native country to be granted asylum in the United States.

The 2014 Yearbook includes numbers on refugee admissions.  Refugee arrivals over the last few years have been relatively constant, and relatively low (Table 13, p. 19),

2010    72,1193

2011    56,384

2012    58,179

2013    69,909

2014    69, 975


In 2014, Iraq sent the most refugees to the United States of any country (19, 769) and Syrian sent only 105.   El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Haiti sent no refugees to the United States in 2014 (Table 14, pp. 40-41). 


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