California Refugee & SIV Arrivals Data

Refugee Arrivals

The arrivals data is provided to the Refugee Programs Bureau (RPB) by the U.S. Department of State.  The data represents the number of refugees entering the State of California each month.  The data is used to prepare reports and charts by federal fiscal year (FFY) (i.e., October 1 through September 30).  Only the number of refugee arrivals and other general information is provided; no personal or confidential information is included in the data.  Additionally, the data does not include secondary migration (refugees who initially resettled in another state and then later moved to California).  For questions regarding California's refugee arrivals data, please send an email to, or call (916) 654-4356.

Refugee Population Data Snapshot by County

Arrivals State Summary Reports by FFY

2017 Monthly Arrivals     2016 Monthly Arrivals     2015 Monthly Arrivals
2014 Monthly Arrivals     2013 Monthly Arrivals     2012 Monthly Arrivals
2011 Monthly Arrivals     2010 Monthly Arrivals     2009 Monthly Arrivals
2008 Monthly Arrivals     2007 Monthly Arrivals     2006 Monthly Arrivals

Comparison Chart for FFY 2013 - 2017     Comparison Chart for FFY 2011 - 2015
Comparison Chart for FFY 2006 - 2010     Comparison Chart for FFY 2001 - 2005

Country of Origin and/or Region Charts by FFY

Afghan and Iraqi SIV Arrivals

In addition to the above refugee arrivals data, data on Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services can be accessed below.  SIV holders assisted or were employed by the United States government in Afghanistan or Iraq.  The data below provided to the RPB by the Department of State on a monthly basis counts the number of Afghan and Iraqis who resettled in California after being granted SIV status.  Please note that the data below only include SIV holders who have elected and received Reception & Placement assistance and benefits through Resettlement Agencies under the United States Refugee Admissions Program.

SIV Data Reports by FFY

2017 Monthly SIV Arrivals     2016 Monthly SIV Arrivals
2015 Monthly SIV Arrivals     2014 Monthly SIV Arrivals
2013 Monthly SIV Arrivals     2012 Monthly SIV Arrivals
2011 Monthly SIV Arrivals     2008 - 2016 SIV Arrivals

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