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These visualizations show the number of refugee arrivals in Illinois by country of origin for the 2015-18 calendar years. Note that this data is for individuals participating in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) and does not represent wider immigration numbers.

Data Source: U.S. Department of State, Refugee Processing Center (RPC), Worldwide Refugee Admissions Processing System (WRAPS)

Note: Visualizations do not include refugee arrivals less than 20.

Note: A refugee is defined as a person who has fled his/her country due to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group of political opinion. Security vetting for refugees applying to enter the U.S. can take between 18-24 months.

For more information about refugee arrivals or the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), contact the Office of Refugee Resettlement (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) or the Illinois Department of Human Services Refugee & Immigrant Services.

Number of Illinois Refugee Arrivals by Country of Origin, 2015

Burma, 964Iraq, 481Democratic Republic of Congo, 293Syria, 152Iran, 101Bhutan, 88Sudan, 85Afghanistan, 48Somalia, 44Burundi, 30Eritrea, 23Ukraine, 21

Number of Illinois Refugee Arrivals by Country of Origin, 2016

Syria, 881Burma, 674Democratic Republic of Congo, 568Iraq, 418Bhutan, 154Iran, 128Afghanistan, 123Sudan, 78Central African Republic, 68Somalia, 66Eritrea, 61Ethiopia, 43Ukraine, 43Burundi, 32

Number of Illinois Refugees by Country of Origin, 2017

Burma, 192Syria, 164Democratic Republic of Congo, 160Iraq, 153Eritrea, 94Ukraine, 73Bhutan, 50Afghanistan, 33Somalia, 24Sudan, 22

Number of Illinois Refugees by Country of Origin, 2018

, Burma, 289Democratic Republic of Congo, 194Ukraine, 53Eritrea, 44Afghanistan, 27

Number of Refugee Arrivals in Illinois 2008-18

Line graph showing refugee arrivals in Illinois from 2008-2018
Number of Refugee Arrivals in Illinois by Country of Origin, 2015–18


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