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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 three quarters of SFY 2014-15,  30,902 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 3 Program Data

Refugee Services 2014-15, Quarter 3 Program Data
Measure January February March Quarter 3
2014-15 Total
New refugees arrived to Florida 4,044 3,202 2,747 9,993 30,902
Refugees placed in unsubsidized employment 1,231 1,179 1,266 3,466 8,641
Refugees granted Employment Authorizations 545 819 825 2,189 6,051
Refugees who received services 34,632 36,531 37,559 46,566 * 73,595 *

*Data reported are unduplicated individuals served.