International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Three Million and Counting

According to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, the number of refugees resettled in the United States since 1975 topped three million on February 15 of this year. “The resettlement program continues to offer life-changing and lifesaving support for refugees who have been in camps or urban locations for many years,” said David M. Robinson, the Bureau’s Acting Assistant Secretary. 

The Bureau also noted a few statistical highlights since 1975, when it was established: • Over 1.4 million refugees are from South East Asian countries • Over 605,000 are from countries of the former Soviet Union • Over 262,000 are Africans • Over 289,000 are from the countries of Near East and South Asia • The five largest nationalities resettled are Vietnamese, Ukrainian, Iraqi, Cuban, and Somali • The five states that have resettled the most refugees, in descending order, are California, New York, Texas, Washington, and Florida.  To date, the IRC in New York has resettled more than 27,000 refugees since 1975.