Source: East Bay Refugee Forum

Source: East Bay Refugee Forum

Refugees in Alameda County 

The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most progressive areas in the United States, with a long history of cultural diversity and acceptance. But how does the area rank in terms of the numbers of refugees.

According to the California Department of Social Services Refugee Programs Bureau  4,975 refugees settled in the state in 2011, and 5,183 were resettled in 2012. 

As far as geographic distribution, San Diego County resettled the majority of the new arrivals, with 2,622 refugees finding new homes there, followed by Los Angeles  with 762, Sacramento at 650, Santa Clara  with 304, Orange with 219, Stanislaus with 202 and Alameda County at 182.

Alameda County serves as an interesting example of refugee resettlement in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The East Bay Refugee Forum compiled an interesting report which focused on refugee resettlement in Alameda County.

According to the report there were a total of 1,068 refugee arrivals within Alameda county over the last five federal fiscal years.

Source: East Bay Refugee Forum

Source: East Bay Refugee Forum

 

Source: East Bay Refugee Forum

Source: East Bay Refugee Forum

Of the new Alameda County Refugees,  over half (52%) came from Bhutan and Burma. Refugees from Iraq make up 12% of the new arrival population within this time period. The San Francisco Chronicle ran a story on some of the challenges faced by Iraqi refugees in Alameda County.  Refugees in Alameda County from Iran, Eritrea, Afghanistan, and Vietnam account for about 25% of the total new arrivals.

Some of the barriers faced by refugees included finding affordable housing in the Bay Area, as well as receiving adequate access to health care and education.

Refugees who have recently arrived in Alameda County, or those who seek to file for Asylum should seek assistance from local agencies with personnel who are accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). In Alameda County, these include East Bay Sanctuary  Covenant, The East Bay Community Law Center, Catholic Charities of the East Bay, Centro Legal de la Raza, Filipinos Advocates for Justice, International Institute of the Bay Area,  International Rescue Community, and Korean Community of the East Bay.

This is general information and is not intended as legal advice. Individuals filing for Asylum should obtain legal assistance from a private attorney or non-profit. If you have any question contact an Alameda County Immigration Attorney or send Hamid Yazdan Panah at hamid@yazdanlaw.com