Refugees in Michigan by the numbers


President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending new refugee admissions to the U.S. for 120 days has sparked protests as well as support from a divided nation.

Refugees from six of the seven countries named in President Trump’s immigration order (all but Libya) have arrived in Michigan over the last 15 years.

Using data from The Refugee Processing Center, which is operated by the U.S. Department of State, Detroit public radio station WDET, a partner in the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, charted the numbers of people who have arrived in the Mitten State as refugees.

Refugees are people who are “fleeing conflict or persecution,” according to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees.

Click on the bars of each graph to see a breakdown of people arriving each year.







Credit: Graphic by Melissa Mason/WDET

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Thomas Hamlin
Wed, 02/01/2017 - 10:17am

Our security concerns trump all other concerns.

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 10:39am

I think President Trump is absolutely correct in implementing a temporary 120 day delay in order to review and fix a faulty process. If this temporary delay stops even one who would do us harm, it is worth it.

People question why these 7 countries and not others. The President did say that these 7 countries were an already formulated list from the previous administration with the concurrence of Congress. If after further review other countries fit the same mold as these 7, then they too would be added to the list.

Of course if immediate resettlement is required, then why not into Saudia Arabia or some other "safe" place in the Middle East.

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:31am

This does score political points with those who have been caught up in the extreme message of fearing others. I don't know any American who does not want a secure US, security is not a partisan issue. This executive measure was poorly thought out and weakly implemented. It would be useful to know the administrations view of what needs correcting with the current 2 year vetting process, surely they have looked it it. The fact that Saudi Arabia is not on this list is telling and disturbing, given the claim of needing 'immediate security'. I believe the intelligence community - true patriots -when they say this plays into terrorist recruitment. Proof of that is in their public declarations of satisfaction with this executive order.

Louise Durcan-Marsh
Thu, 02/02/2017 - 12:03pm

Totally agree!

Kevin Grand
Thu, 02/02/2017 - 5:56am

And so that this story doesn't fall under the label of "fake news", I take it that we'll also be seeing a break down of those Americans brutally murdered under the name of a Islam from 9/11/01 until the most current date?

I hear that it's well north of 9,000 and growing.

Does anyone really need me to connect the dots for them?

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 12:06pm

"a break down of those Americans brutally murdered under the name of a Islam from 9/11/01 until the most current date?"

Well, we're talking about Michigan here -- so please, tell us what you "hear" -- how many Americans have been "brutally murdered" by the 25,000+ refugees who have come here in the last 15 years?

But if you want to include all Americans, fine -- how many Americans have been killed by refugees from these 7 countries since 9/11 (and protip: none of these countries were involved in 9/11 -- that was Saudi Arabia (15), UAE (2), Lebanon (1) and Egypt (1).)

Don't just tell us, show us. Give us links to news reports. A wave of refugees murdering someone would have made the news, especially 9,000!

Get to Googling. Perhaps you'll find something from your bunker.

Kevin Grand
Thu, 02/02/2017 - 1:50pm

That's right.

I don't know.

How many people from Michigan were in Boston before they were blown up?

How many people from Michigan were in Orlando before that place got shot up?

How many people were in the WTC when it fell?

And in case you've missed it, it was the FBI director himself who said not that long ago that there was no way to vet those coming into America (or Michigan for that matter).

Don't let your emotions override your common sense.

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 12:00am

For what it's worth:
Boston - not anyone from these 7 countries
Orlando - not anyone from these 7 countries
WTC - not anyone from these 7 countries.

I don't think I'm the one who needs to worry about getting emotional. You sound like one scared individual. Do you avoid Kalamazoo because you are afraid of getting shot by a white man on a random killing spree?

Kevin Grand
Fri, 02/03/2017 - 7:08pm

That's nice, Mr. Pollard.

Now mind telling me how many people originally from Michigan were killed in those islamic terrorist attacks?

Or do you think that dead Americans are an acceptable trade-off so long as you can assuage your conscience?