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There and Here

Each year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services tracks the arrival and initial settlement location of refugees coming to the United States.

For fiscal year 2006, the Office of Refugee Resettlement counted 41,053 arrivals, from places as diverse as the West Bank, whose one incoming refugee moved to Illinois, to Somalia, which saw more than 3,000 of its 10,330 refugees settle in Minnesota, the U.S. state with the largest Somali population.

The illustration below depicts the most popular settlement states in 2006 for refugees from 10 of the globe's uneasy regions. (Illustration by Ingo Fast)



Afghanistan to Texas 82
Burma to New York 217
Burundi to Georgia 74
Cuba to Florida 1,961
Iran to California 1,655
Iraq to Michigan 24
Liberia to Pennsylvania 354
Sierra Leone to Maryland 104
Somalia to Minnesota 3,227
USSR (former) to Washington 1,497