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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 2 Program Data

Number of Individuals Served by Refugee Program
Measure October November December Quarter 2
2014-15 Total
New refugees arrived to Florida 3,273 3,107 2,988 9,368 17,890
Refugees placed in unsubsidized employment 1,141 1,141 1,076 3,161 5,879
Refugees granted Employment Authorizations 799 256 446 1,501 3,777
Refugees who received services 35,042 35,469 36,875 36,875 * 58,889 *

*Data reported are unduplicated individuals served.