How Many Refugees Have Arrived to the U.S.?

The total number of refugee arrivals to the U.S. has been decreasing since 1980. Refugee emergencies were at their highest in the 1980s, when over 200,000 refugees arrived in the U.S. In subsequent years, refugee arrivals decreased for a myriad of reasons. For example, the official refugee ceiling was lower in the 2000s compared to that in the 1980s. The refugee ceiling only increased to 80,000 refugees under the Bush administration in 2008 in order to mitigate the refugee crisis in Bhutan, Iran, and Iraq. Additionally, following 9/11 refugee arrivals substantially decreased due to an increase in security measures. 

Source: NYT

Khadija Musame (right) with a customer from Somalia at the New Roots Farm stand in San Diego, California. 

Source: JNS

U.S Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Syrian refugees at Za'atari Camp in Jordan. 

A family of Congolese refugees arrives at an airport in Spokane, Washington.