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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 2010-2014), 145,354 eligible refugees, entrants, asylees, parolees, and Certified Victims of Human Trafficking arrived to Florida. During the first quarter of SFY 2014-15, 8,522 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.

2014-15, Quarter 1 Program Data

Measure July August September Quarter 1
Total
FY2014-15
Total
New refugees arrived to Florida 3,308 3,100 2,114 8,522 8,522
Refugees placed in unsubsidized employment 1,044 1,073 1,029 3,146 3,146
Refugees granted Employment Authorizations 794 560 920 2,274 2,274
Refugees who received services 35,966 37,176 41,236 47,242 * 47,242 *

Measure July August September Quarter 1
Average
FY2014-15
Average
Refugee youth receiving tutoring who improved their English language proficiency 94% 84% 84% 88% 88%

*Data reported are unduplicated individuals served.