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Just How Many Refugees From Trump's Banned Countries Settled In Columbus?

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In the past decade, government data shows 8,722 refugees from the Muslim-majority countries named in President Trump's immigration ban resettled in Ohio. And overwhelmingly, those refugees headed to Columbus.

Data obtained by the Associated Press from the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration show that 269,679 refugees were permitted between 2007-2017 into the United States from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Those seven countries were singled out by President Trump's executive order on January 27, temporarily freezing immigration and halting the refugee program.

Of the refugees who came to Ohio in the past 10 years, 5,236 listed Columbus as their destination. 

Credit Gabe Rosenberg

That's by far the largest draw of any Ohio city. Cleveland, the second most popular destination, took in 1,150 refugees over the same period, while Dayton took 541 and Cincinnati 211.

The State Department's data tracks refugees' stated destination in the United States, although they may have moved since.

Columbus ranks as one of the two top destinations for Somali refugees. That's no surprise, as the city is home to the country's second largest Somali immigrant population, at over 45,000; in the last decade, 3,470 Somali refugees arrived here.

An Associated Press analysis showed that California accepted the most refugees from the banned countries by far, followed by Michigan, Texas, Arizona, New York and Illinois.

The greatest number arrived just last  year. 

Gabe Rosenberg joined WOSU in October 2016. As digital news editor, Gabe reports breaking news and edits all content for the WOSU website, as well as manages the station's social media accounts.