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Where are refugees in Nevada arriving from?

Updated May 14, 2024 - 10:33 am

During the past five decades, the U.S. has resettled over 3 million refugees, making it one of the leading countries for finding new homes for people fleeing violence, persecution, and war.

In 2021, then-President Donald Trump lowered the annual cap of refugees that could be admitted into the country to 15,000. Even as the Biden administration has raised the ceiling to 125,000, the annual number of refugees arriving in the U.S. didn’t immediately bounce back to pre-Trump administration levels. The numbers are increasing though, with over 25,000 refugees arriving in the U.S. in the 2022 fiscal year, twice the 2021 total.

Refugee arrivals during the 2023 fiscal year dramatically outpaced the prior two years, reaching over 60,000 from October 2022 to September 2023.

In April 2024, the greatest number of refugees admitted by the U.S. came from Congo, Afghanistan, and Myanmar. Each nation faces a unique set of circumstances that can make their citizens unsafe if they stay in their home country.

For the last three decades, Congo, also called the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been struggling with a series of civil wars and internal battles that have left millions of people displaced, both internally and externally, with many people fleeing to neighboring countries. Afghan refugees have been fleeing to neighboring countries for decades, especially to Pakistan and Iran, which combined host over 8 million Afghans. In Myanmar, state-sponsored violence against the Rohingya people has displaced nearly 2 million people internally. Another million are in refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh.

Stacker referenced data from The Refugee Processing Center to compile statistics on the number of refugees and their countries of origin resettled in Nevada in April 2024.

April refugee statistics

Countries where refugees arrived from in April

To Nevada:

#1. Guatemala: 18

#2. Congo: 12

#3. Afghanistan: 11

#4. Myanmar: 10

#5. Burundi: 5

#5. Haiti: 5

#5. Nicaragua: 5

#8. Eritrea: 4

#9. Honduras: 3

#9. Venezuela: 3

#11. Armenia: 1

#11. Central African Republic: 1

#11. Nigeria: 1

#11. Rwanda: 1

To the U.S. as a whole:

#1. Congo: 1,548

#2. Afghanistan: 815

#3. Myanmar: 601

#4. Somalia: 548

#5. Venezuela: 449

States that accepted the most refugees in April:

#1. Texas: 620

#2. California: 414

#3. New York: 360

#4. Pennsylvania: 355

#5. lowa: 339

Read on to see the countries that Nevada has accepted the most refugees from since the start of the fiscal year in October 2023.

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#1. Guatemala

Refugees that arrived from Guatemala since October 2023

To Nevada: 68

To the U.S. as a whole: 2,474

Top states receiving refugees from Guatemala

#1. California: 328

#2. Texas: 240

#3. North Carolina: 167

#4. Florida: 161

#5. New York: 113

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#2. Syria

Refugees that arrived from Syria since October 2023

To Nevada: 47

To the U.S. as a whole: 7,781

Top states receiving refugees from Syria

#1. New York: 749

#2. Michigan: 742

#3. Pennsylvania: 551

#4. Texas: 440

#5. California: 429

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#3. Venezuela

Refugees that arrived from Venezuela since October 2023

To Nevada: 45

To the U.S. as a whole: 3,516

Top states receiving refugees from Venezuela

#1. Florida: 668

#2. Texas: 489

#3. Illinois: 210

#4. Georgia: 185

#5. New Jersey: 131

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#4. Congo

Refugees that arrived from Congo since October 2023

To Nevada: 40

To the U.S. as a whole: 13,322

Top states receiving refugees from Congo

#1. Texas: 1,213

#2. Kentucky: 1,106

#3. Arizona: 933

#4. New York: 829

#5. Ohio: 826

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#5. Afghanistan

Refugees that arrived from Afghanistan since October 2023

To Nevada: 33

To the U.S. as a whole: 7,771

Top states receiving refugees from Afghanistan

#1. California: 1,624

#2. Texas: 803

#3. Virginia: 775

#4. Washington: 519

#5. Maryland: 329

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#6. Eritrea

Refugees that arrived from Eritrea since October 2023

To Nevada: 28

To the U.S. as a whole: 1,259

Top states receiving refugees from Eritrea

#1. Texas: 139

#2. Washington: 120

#3. lowa: 75

#4. North Carolina: 74

#5. Ohio: 73

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#7. Nicaragua

Refugees that arrived from Nicaragua since October 2023

To Nevada: 23

To the U.S. as a whole: 1,078

Top states receiving refugees from Nicaragua

#1. Florida: 171

#2. California: 92

#3. Texas: 69

#4. Minnesota: 57

#5. North Carolina: 46

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#8. Burundi

Refugees that arrived from Burundi since October 2023

To Nevada: 16

To the U.S. as a whole: 425

Top states receiving refugees from Burundi

#1. Texas: 54

#2. Arizona: 48

#3. New York: 41

#4. Pennsylvania: 37

#5. Maryland: 23

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#9. Myanmar

Refugees that arrived from Myanmar since October 2023

To Nevada: 12

To the U.S. as a whole: 4,265

Top states receiving refugees from Myanmar

#1. Texas: 497

#2. Illinois: 490

#3. New York: 396

#4. Georgia: 295

#5. Wisconsin: 258

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#10. Sudan

Refugees that arrived from Sudan since October 2023

To Nevada: 10

To the U.S. as a whole: 1,225

Top states receiving refugees from Sudan

#1. New York: 98

#2. Texas: 92

#3. Pennsylvania: 89

#4. Missouri: 73

#5. Ohio: 71

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#11. Cameroon

Refugees that arrived from Cameroon since October 2023

To Nevada: 8

To the U.S. as a whole: 97

Top states receiving refugees from Cameroon

#1. Texas: 11

#2. Pennsylvania: 10

#3. Nevada: 8

#4. California: 7

#5. South Carolina: 6

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#12. El Salvador

Refugees that arrived from El Salvador since October 2023

To Nevada: 7

To the U.S. as a whole: 866

Top states receiving refugees from El Salvador

#1. Texas: 119

#2. California: 99

#3. Maryland: 83

#4. Virginia: 69

#5. North Carolina: 63

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#13. Haiti

Refugees that arrived from Haiti since October 2023

To Nevada: 6

To the U.S. as a whole: 130

Top states receiving refugees from Haiti

#1. Pennsylvania: 25

#2. Florida: 19

#3. Georgia: 14

#4. Colorado: 9

#5. California: 8

Muslim woman in hijab waking on streets of Hargeisa

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#13. Somalia

Refugees that arrived from Somalia since October 2023

To Nevada: 6

To the U.S. as a whole: 2,148

Top states receiving refugees from Somalia

#1. Minnesota: 670

#2. Ohio: 157

#3. Arizona: 113

#4. New York: 110

#5. Missouri: 102

People gather in a urban park on the streets of Tehran

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#13. Iran

Refugees that arrived from Iran since October 2023

To Nevada: 6

To the U.S. as a whole: 278

Top states receiving refugees from Iran

#1. California: 165

#2. Texas: 19

#3. Washington: 11

#4. North Carolina: 10

#5. Virginia: 9

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#16. Honduras

Refugees that arrived from Honduras since October 2023

To Nevada: 5

To the U.S. as a whole: 595

Top states receiving refugees from Honduras

#1. Texas: 104

#2. Florida: 81

#3. Georgia: 40

#4. California: 39

#5. New York: 32

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#16. Iraq

Refugees that arrived from Iraq since October 2023

To Nevada: 5

To the U.S. as a whole: 921

Top states receiving refugees from Iraq

#1. California: 162

#2. Michigan: 116

#3. Texas: 66

#4. Washington: 56

#5. Nebraska: 54

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#18. Nigeria

Refugees that arrived from Nigeria since October 2023

To Nevada: 4

To the U.S. as a whole: 103

Top states receiving refugees from Nigeria

#1. Illinois: 16

#2. Missouri: 14

#3. Arizona: 13

#3. North Carolina: 13

#5. Kansas: 9

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#19. Senegal

Refugees that arrived from Senegal since October 2023

To Nevada: 3

To the U.S. as a whole: 63

Top states receiving refugees from Senegal

#1. Massachusetts: 15

#2. Texas: 8

#3. Georgia: 7

#4. South Carolina: 5

#5. Ohio: 4

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#19. Central African Republic

Refugees that arrived from Central African Republic since October 2023

To Nevada: 3

To the U.S. as a whole: 665

Top states receiving refugees from Central African Republic

#1. Missouri: 75

#2. Texas: 72

#3. Michigan: 55

#4. Georgia: 43

#5. Pennsylvania: 38

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#19. Ethiopia

Refugees that arrived from Ethiopia since October 2023

To Nevada: 3

To the U.S. as a whole: 289

Top states receiving refugees from Ethiopia

#1. Minnesota: 76

#2. Washington: 28

#3. Georgia: 25

#3. Ohio: 25

#5. Texas: 23

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#19. Ivory Coast

Refugees that arrived from Ivory Coast since October 2023

To Nevada: 3

To the U.S. as a whole: 62

Top states receiving refugees from Ivory Coast

#1. Pennsylvania: 10

#2. Minnesota: 8

#3. Massachusetts: 7

#4. Arkansas: 5

#5. Florida: 4

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#23. Mali

Refugees that arrived from Mali since October 2023

To Nevada: 2

To the U.S. as a whole: 164

Top states receiving refugees from Mali

#1. Pennsylvania: 25

#2. New York: 24

#3. South Carolina: 23

#4. Connecticut: 13

#4. Michigan: 13

Men gathered in the streets with motorcycles in Juba

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#23. Republic of South Sudan

Refugees that arrived from Republic of South Sudan since October 2023

To Nevada: 2

To the U.S. as a whole: 799

Top states receiving refugees from Republic of South Sudan

#1. Texas: 86

#2. Nebraska: 70

#3. Colorado: 57

#4. Arizona: 54

#5. Connecticut: 53

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#23. Cuba

Refugees that arrived from Cuba since October 2023

To Nevada: 2

To the U.S. as a whole: 89

Top states receiving refugees from Cuba

#1. Florida: 39

#2. Texas: 10

#3. Tennessee: 7

#4. Washington: 6

#5. New Hampshire: 4

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#23. Guinea

Refugees that arrived from Guinea since October 2023

To Nevada: 2

To the U.S. as a whole: 79

Top states receiving refugees from Guinea

#1. Colorado: 15

#2. Georgia: 9

#3. North Carolina: 7

#4. Arizona: 5

#4. Michigan: 5

People selling bananas at a street market in Huye

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#27. Rwanda

Refugees that arrived from Rwanda since October 2023

To Nevada: 1

To the U.S. as a whole: 197

Top states receiving refugees from Rwanda

#1. Texas: 46

#2. South Carolina: 12

#2. Arizona: 12

#4. Kentucky: 11

#4. Illinois: 11

Armenian people emerge from a church in the city of Metsamore

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#27. Armenia

Refugees that arrived from Armenia since October 2023

To Nevada: 1

To the U.S. as a whole: 184

Top states receiving refugees from Armenia

#1. California: 171

#2. Oregon: 5

#2. South Carolina: 5

#4. Washington: 2

#5. Nevada: 1

Woman walking on busy street in Kampala with basket of mangos

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#27. Uganda

Refugees that arrived from Uganda since October 2023

To Nevada: 1

To the U.S. as a whole: 40

Top states receiving refugees from Uganda

#1. Massachusetts: 6

#1. Missouri: 6

#3. Ohio: 5

#4. Michigan: 4

#4. Washington: 4

This story features data reporting and writing by Emma Rubin and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 45 states.

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