More than 400 Syrian refugees have moved to Michigan in the last year.
More than 400 Syrian refugees have moved to Michigan in the last year.

Stacker compiled countries where refugees are arriving from in Michigan using data from the Refugee Processing Center.

MICHIGAN—Within five months after Russia began its invasion of Ukraine in early February 2022, the US admitted more than 100,000 Ukrainian refugees.

Most of these refugees were admitted through a special program called humanitarian parole, which falls outside the scope of the data tracking carried out by the Refugee Processing Center. Humanitarian parole allows refugees who meet certain criteria to gain temporary legal status in the US and applications are processed differently than traditional refugee resettlement applications.

During September 2022, the US admitted most refugees from either the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burma (also referred to as Myanmar), or Syria, with about 60% of all refugees admitted hailing from one of those three countries. Each nation struggles with a unique set of circumstances that can make their citizens unsafe if they stay in their home country.

For the last three decades, the DRC has been struggling with a vast humanitarian crisis that has left millions of people displaced, both internally and externally, with many people fleeing to neighboring countries. Myanmar’s sitting government is currently engaged in a war against its people and the country is expected to have approximately 1.2 million refugees seeking asylum by the end of 2022. Syria has seen nearly 7 million refugees leave the country since 2011 while a longstanding civil war rages and has displaced an additional nearly 7 million people internally.

Stacker referenced data from The Refugee Processing Center to compile statistics on the number of refugees and their countries of origin resettled in Michigan (and other states) in September 2022.

Michigan Refugee Resettlement (September 2022)

  1. Syria — 62
  2. Democratic Republic of the Congo — 61
  3. Iraq — 25
  4. Afghanistan — 16
  5. Burma — 16
  6. Sudan — 16
  7. El Salvador — 10
  8. Eritrea — 8
  9. Guatemala — 7
  10. Honduras — 6
  11. Somalia — 2
  12. Palestine— 1

National Refugee Resettlement (September 2022)

  1. Democratic Republic of the Congo — 2,181
  2. Burma — 658
  3. Syria — 493
  4. Afghanistan — 429
  5. Ukraine — 370

States Accepting the Most Refugees (September 2022)

  1. Texas — 489
  2. California — 363
  3. Washington — 328
  4. Ohio — 325
  5. Kentucky — 320

Michigan Refugee Resettlement (October 2021-September 2022)

  1. Syria — 446
  2. Democratic Republic of the Congo — 327
  3. Iraq — 96
  4. Afghanistan — 36
  5. Sudan — 33
  6. Burma — 30
  7. Guatemala — 23
  8. Eritrea — 19
  9. Republic of South Sudan — 16
  10. Ukraine — 14
  11. Burundi — 12
  12. Colombia — 12
  13. Yemen — 11
  14. Honduras — 11
  15. El Salvador — 10
  16. Central African Republic — 9
  17. Egypt — 5
  18. Somalia — 4
  19. Iran — 3
  20. Rwanda — 3
  21. Venezuela — 2
  22. Palestine — 1
  23. Uganda — 1
  24. Mali — 1
  25. India — 1

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