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Refugee Services

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The Refugee Services program is 100% federally funded. Florida has the largest refugee population in the nation. Based on state data, over the last five federal fiscal years (FFY 2009-2013), 140,256 eligible refugees, entrants, asylees, parolees, and Certified Victims of Human Trafficking arrived to Florida.  During the Second quarter of FFY 2014 an additional 14,875 arrived.  This includes federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) adjustments due to secondary migration from other states to Florida and from Florida to other states. The resettlement of refugees is governed by federal law - Refugee Act of 1980, Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980, Regulated at 45 Code of Federal Regulations s. 400, s. 401, and s. 402.86, F.S. Admission to the United States of other categories of persons eligible for Refugee Services is also governed by federal laws and policies.

2013-14, Quarter 4 Program Data

Measure April May June Quarter 4
Total
FY2013-14
Total
New refugees arrived to Florida 2,233 2,797 2,469 7,499 29,109
Refugees placed in unsubsidized employment 1,170 1,166 1,094 3,430 10,041
Refugees granted Employment Authorizations 565 604 437 1,606 7,249
Refugees who received services 29,442 29,900 30,326 37,016 * 71,033*

Measure April May June Quarter 4
Average
FY2013-14
Average
Refugee youth receiving tutoring who improved their English language proficiency 87% 90% 94% 92% 89%

*Data reported are unduplicated individuals served.