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Where U.S. Refugees Come From — And Go — In Charts

More than 70,000 refugees arrived in America last year. Most came from Iraq and Burma. Since 2005, about 31% of arriving refugees have been Muslim.

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More than 70,000 refugees arrived in America last year:

Chart: BuzzFeed News / Data: Refugee Processing Center

Note: All the refugee data in this post comes from the Department of State's Refugee Processing Center, and cover through November 18, 2015. The raw data and supporting data analysis can be found here.


(The U.S. has resettled more of Bhutan's Lhotshampa refugees than any other country has.)

Since 2005, about 31% of refugees arriving in America have been Muslim. Approximately 23% of Earth's people —  and 37% of children — are Muslim.


El Cajon, a city of 102,000 people in San Diego County, has taken so many Iraqi refugees that it's sometimes called "Little Baghdad."


Wyoming has not received any refugees since 2005. An earlier version of the chart above omitted the state.

Jeremy Singer-Vine is the data editor for the BuzzFeed News investigative unit and is based in Washington, D.C. His secure PGP fingerprint is E2B0 63DB 0601 D634 1E9E F9AE 9F24 768F 9B4A EFB0

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