What's a refugee?

"As defined by U.S. law and the 1951 Refugee Convention, refugees are migrants seeking entry from a third country who are able to demonstrate that they have been persecuted or have reason to fear persecution, on the basis of one of five “protected grounds”: race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. According to the UN refugee agency, there were nearly twenty-one million refugees worldwide as of mid-2021, more than half of whom came from just four countries: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Myanmar, in descending order."

Photo by Levi Meir Clancy on Unsplash
Photo by Levi Meir Clancy on Unsplash

Why do refugees come to America?

According to anaidaho.org "Due to hazardous conditions and life-threatening situations in their homeland, they are forced to flee. America offers a safe and accepting environment for refugees to live a more comfortable life. However, America is a union of states, and some states are more apt to open their borders than others."

Over 25,000 refugees came to America during the Fiscal year 2022; most of those refugees came from Africa with 7,810 from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

How many of those refugees are in Idaho?

From October through December 2022 Idaho had a total of 155 refugees come to the state. California had 505 followed by Texas with 504 and New York with 415 during that same time period. This data was provided by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration refugee case management system. 

From October through December Idaho had refugees come from nine different countries. 

Countries Refugees Moved From To Idaho

Idaho had over 150 refugees come to the state between October through December, here's where they came from.

Take a Look at the 12 California Cities Sending the Most People to Boise

Our sources include Neighborhood Scout, which uses FBI crime data or their safety rankings, the American Census Bureau, BestPlaces.net, Niche.com, which allows current and former residents to grade their state/city/town and Realtor.com. Crime Index means the city is safer than (X)% of cities in America. 

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