Facts and Data


Please use the following links for statistical information regarding immigration and refugees:

Fiscal Policy Institute:

Syrian Immigrants: Doing Well, and a Strong Receiving Community for Refugees

December 13, 2016.  A report by the Fiscal Policy Institute and the Center for American Progress after a political campaign season in which Syrians coming to the United States were met with harsh words and proposals. This report looks at how immigrants from Syria are faring in the United States. Syrian immigrants are highly educated who are likely to become business or home owners investing in their communities. The fact that there are people in the United States who speak the same language and know the culture they come from can be a significant help to the newcomers in finding their way into American society and the American labor market.

Analysis of Refugee Groups Provides Evidence of High Levels of Integration Across Indicators

June 16, 2016. A report was released by the Fiscal Policy Institute and the Center for American Progress that analyzes how four key refugee groups—Bosnians, Burmese, Hmong, and Somalis—in the United States are doing on key indicators of integration, such as wages, labor market participation, business ownership, English language ability, and citizenship.

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NYS Comptroller:

A Portrait of Immigrants in New York - Prepared by the Office of the NYS Comptroller November 2016

November 2016. This report uses a variety of data resources to portray the immigrant population in New York and nationwide. The United States and New York State in particular have consistently experienced an influx of people coming from other countries. Some plan a temporary stay to pursue educational or business endeavors, while others choose to make the United States their new home.

American Immigration Council:

The Criminalization of Immigration in the United States

July 2015. For more than a century, innumerable studies have confirmed two simple yet powerful truths about the relationship between immigration and crime: immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes or be behind bars than the native-born, and high rates of immigration are associated with lower rates of violent crime and property crime. While lawmakers repeatedly justify their crackdown on immigrants as a means of fighting crime, the reality is that crime in the United States is not caused or even aggravated by immigrants, regardless of their legal status.

New American Economy:

Is There a Link Between Refugees and US Crime Rates?

Refugee resettlement data from the U.S. Department of State’s Worldwide Refugee Processing System was used to calculate the 10 cities in the US that received the most refugees relative to the size of their population between 2006 and 2015. Their overall crime rates over the same time period was investigated by using detailed data available from the Federal Bureau of Investigations.