Of particular significance in California is President Donald Trump’s order to temporarily ban refugees from entering the United States.
California has hosted around 112,000 refugees over the past 15 years, according to the State Department. They have resettled in more than 440 California cities and unincorporated communities.
Trump’s order bans entry to refugees from anywhere in the world for 120 days and from Syria indefinitely. It blocks all visitors for 90 days from seven designated countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The Department of Homeland Security overturned part of the order on Sunday, saying the ban in seven countries would not apply to people with green cards granting them permanent residence in the United States.
San Diego County has seen the largest influx of refugees in recent years, with more than 31,000 refugees resettling there since 2002. About 11,500 Iraqis have resettled in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon alone. Los Angeles County has hosted nearly 30,000 refugees over the past 15 years. In the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, nearly 13,000 Iranian refugees have resettled since 2002.
Sacramento County has attracted more than 20,000 refugees over the past 15 years, mainly from Afghanistan, Iraq and the former Soviet Union.
This map shows the cities where refugees have resettled in California since 2002. Larger circles represent more refugees. The card excludes Afghans and Iraqis who resettled through the Special Immigrant Visa Program, which grants entry to people who have assisted the United States. military in recent wars. The main counties for SIV are summarized below the map.
This story was originally published January 30, 2017 1:40 p.m.