Foreign Born Populations

Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees has resettled over 14,500 individuals

Utica is a City of Migration. The foreign born residents of Utica constitute 17.6% of the city's total population (2012 U.S. Census). The percentage of foreign born residents in Utica is higher than any other city on the thruway corridor. A language other than English is spoken in 26.6% of households in Utica (2012 U.S. Census).

In recent years Utica has seen the addition of more than 3 mosques, multiple Buddhist temples, a Latino Association, a Hindu Association, a Somali Bantu Association, A Sudanese Association, and multiple Burmese ethnic associations. You can eat food from Bosnia, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, and Burma all in one week. You can celebrate Karen New Year, Orthodox Easter, Ramadan, and Diwali in Utica, all in one year.

The largest groups ever resettled to Utica include Bosnian, Burmese, individuals from the former Soviet Union, and Vietnam.

Click here for a chart of MVRCR Refugee Arrivals over time or view the page Refugee Arrivals World Map to learn more.

Please note that our arrivals information is categorized by country of arrival. We do not break out statistics based on ethnic group or religion. Many countrys' borders have also changed over time. At the time a particular person becomes a refugee the country may have one name and then have the borders changed once they are resettled. For example, refugees were resettled from Sudan, but many of those refugees came from what is now South Sudan, a country that did not exist at the time of their displacement.

The graphs below represent data from 1910 to 2010. This data has not been updated to include changes from 2012 community surveys.

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Refugee Arrivals World Map

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