Where most refugees in Philly come from

The city of Philadelphia has actually welcomed just eight refugees from Syria over the last three years.


Despite what amounts to national hysteria over the place of Syrian refugees in America following the terrorist attacks in Paris, just eight refugees from the country resettled directly in Philadelphia over the last three years.

According to the Pennsylvania Refugee Resettlement Program, a non-profit funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the state Office of Refugee Resettlement, Philadelphia has brought in 2,252 refugees over the last three years, or about an average of 750 people a year.

Of those, the top five countries where refugees are coming from are Iraq (548), Bhutan (436), Burma (383), The Democratic Republic of the Congo (287) and Afghanistan (145). For more on how refugees get to our area, specifically from Syria, read this Newsworks piece about the lengthy process.

Here’s a chart showing the breakdown by year of where refugees in Philadelphia have come from in the last three years:

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