5 Largest Refugee Groups In America

Since World War 2, the United States has served as a destination for millions of immigrants from throughout the world. In fact the United States takes on more refugees than all of the other 22 developed countries combined.

Each year the United States designates quotas for various refugee populations that it chooses to accept. As a result many immigration advocates and refugees have questioned whether this is a humanitarian or legal process, or whether the decisions are made on a political basis.

Throughout the last two years the United States has accepted a fair share of refugees from various backgrounds, but has also tailored the quota’s to meet various policy goals in which relate to foreign policy.

Source: Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration Statistics, Yearbook of Immigration Statistics 2008. Available at http://www.dhs.gov/ximgtn/statistics/publications/LPR08.shtm.

Source: Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration Statistics, Yearbook of Immigration Statistics 2008. Available at http://www.dhs.gov/ximgtn/statistics/publications/LPR08.shtm.

A notable example of an urgent need which would be the Syrian refugee crisis taking place at the moment, yet the United States has yet to formulate a decisive plan to address the crisis, either in a political or humanitarian manner.

Here are the top 5 Largest Refugee Groups In Americas that have emigrated to the United States over the last 20 years.

  1. Russia & Former Soviet States -380,000

  2. Vietnam – 182,000

  3. Former Yugoslavia – 169,000

  4. Iraq – 106,000

  5. Myanmar – 104,000

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