Refugee Resettlement Watch

ORR Annual Reports to Congress are very useful

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 17, 2016

Someone asked me today where to find the number of refugees who were resettled in each state in the US over the years and it reminded me that we have many many new readers every day who are just beginning to try to get a handle on how the UN/US State Department Refugee Admissions Program works.

Annual Report to Congress

Most recent Annual Report to Congress

Very useful documents are the Office of Refugee Resettlement Annual Reports to Congress*** which are full of all sorts of data, not just the statistics on how many refugees were resettled in your state, but they include data on welfare use, employment, housing, and medical assistance, among other things.

They also include reports from the VOLAGs (the federal contractors) and discussions of special problems that some refugee populations encounter here. And, of course there is information about the myriad grants these contractors receive each year.

I can’t say it enough, but knowledge is power.  If you want to begin to understand what is happening in your towns and cities, start by looking at one of these documents.

Click here for a list of available reports.

By the way, the Refugee Act of 1980 specifies that this report should be completed and sent to Congress by the end of January following the close of the fiscal year.  Thus, the 2015 Annual Report should be available, but they are behind in producing it.

So what else is new! At one point a few years ago, they were three years behind!

For new readers we have a category entitled ‘where to find information,’ and you might want to have a look at it from time to time.

P.S.  I just spent a few minutes examining Table 1 (of the Appendix) in the FY2009 Annual Report where it cataloged how many refugees and from what countries were resettled in each state between 1983 and 2009. Wow! Amazing!

***This is not to be confused with another report to Congress that accompanies the President’s proposal for the upcoming fiscal year.  That report also has much useful data but is not as comprehensive as the reports found here.

 

12 Responses to “ORR Annual Reports to Congress are very useful”

  1. […] things have gotten worse. Only one issue I raised then has been improved—they get the ORR Annual Reports to Congress done more quickly.  They still aren’t getting them to Congress when the law says they should, but […]

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  2. […] things have gotten worse. Only one issue I raised then has been improved—they get the ORR Annual Reports to Congress done more quickly.  They still aren’t getting them to Congress when the law says they should, […]

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  4. Reblogged this on Kerberos616.

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  5. Dr. Rich Swier said

    Great. Posted: http://bit.ly/25b1dbX

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    On Tue, May 17, 2016 at 8:38 PM, Refugee Resettlement Watch wrote:

    > Ann Corcoran posted: “Someone asked me today where to find the number of > refugees who were resettled in each state in the US over the years and it > reminded me that we have many many new readers every day who are just > beginning to try to get a handle on how the UN/US State Depa” >

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  7. bari1951 said

    Reblogged this on Kattukse Vrienden voor Israël.

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  8. Does the McCarran-WalterAct make RefugeeResettlement funding unlawful? This Act focused upon denying immigrants who were unlawful, immoral, diseased in any way, politically radical etc. and accepting those who were willing and able to assimilate into the US economic, social, and political structures.
    http://library.uwb.edu/…/1952_immigration_and_nationality_a…

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      Thanks Penny, I’ve been seeing much debate about this, but it just strikes me personally that it is too much work for me to wade into the legal machinations. It is not what I do best. I hope there are good lawyers working on these legal questions. Here is my view…Everyone is searching for the silver bullet (like a lawsuit) to put this immigration mess away once and for all, but I don’t see that happening. Everyone who cares needs to find their role and work at it everyday and if enough people do that, overtime, we will prevail (hopefully before it is too late!).

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  9. paleodrone said

    Bless you for your work

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  10. I believe that Refugee statistics will be under-reported. In a recent video from Infowars, they showed how officially, just 400 refugees were settling in the area. And clearly, there were thousands.

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      All immigrants are not official refugees and so I think that when people see huge numbers in their community they think they are all refugees. They might include asylum seekers, unaccompanied alien children, diversity visa lottery winners, temporary protected status holders, various work visa holders and then just plain old illegal aliens. The data in these reports and at the refugee processing center are, I believe, accurate for legitimate refugees.

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