Friday, January 13, 2017
Syrian refugees have become a focal point of debate on immigration and national security in the United States. Largely missing from the public discourse, however, is information about the basic characteristics, background, and geographic distribution of the Syrian refugee population.
A new Spotlight article from the Migration Information Source, the Migration Policy Institute’s online journal, examines what is known about the population of Syrian refugees resettled in the United States since civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, displacing millions. Among the demographic characteristics examined: age, sex, religion, and languages spoken, as well as the top cities and states where they have been resettled.
Because the U.S. refugee resettlement program prioritizes families with young children, Syrian refugees are on average much younger than the rest of the U.S. population—nearly half were under the age of 14.