*Data source: Refugee Processing Center: Arrivals and Admissions, 2016-2020 figures exclude Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) from Afghanistan and Iraq.

^2021: 986 Refugee, 1,654 SIV. Figures do not include 2021 Afghan Humanitarian Parolee arrivals.

**Immigrants comprise 27% total population in California.

: Some 20 million people call the southern border region home, and this population is growing. From San Diego, in California to Brownsville in Texas, the communities that make up the border region are diverse and thriving. Estimates from the Census Bureau show that overall, border residents are more likely to be people of color when compared to the national average (Half of all border residents are Hispanic or Latinx).

Diversity Contributions
Top Newcomer Languages
  • Farsi
  • Arabic
  • Ukrainian
  • French
  • Spanish
% Speak Host Country's Language
Economic Contributions
Total Immigrant Federal Taxes paid
Total Immigrant State & Local Taxes paid

*Data source: New American Economy

**For Refugee-specific data please see New American Economy: Refugees in California

Immigrant Household Income
Total Spending Power
Top 3 Fields of Labor*

Farming, Fishing, & Forestry


Building, Grounds, Cleaning, & Maintenance




*Top % share of the immigrant labor force in California. Data source: American Immigration Council: Immigrants in California.

Socio-Familial Stability
Unaccompanied Children Released to Sponsors by the State
# of Immigrant (refugee & asylee) Family Reunifications

*Data not available.

Community & Educational Contributions
Immigrant Educational Attainment
  • 31.9%
    Less than High School
  • 38.5%
    High School & Some College
  • 17.9%
    Bachelor's Degree
  • 11.7%
    Graduate Degree
Naturalized Citizens
Local Refugee Heroes
"When I look at myself, I was a girl who came from another country, another culture, with no English and no experience, no resume. But now I have two or three jobs...I thought I had no future. But after three years, I see my future."

July 24, 2023

I want to help newcomers because I see myself in them. A young Afghan woman I mentor, we’ll call her Sarah, reminds me of myself 6 years ago. She is the same age I was when I came to the U.S. She is by herself. Sometimes I get emotional thinking about Sarah managing to start a new life all by herself. Cooking for herself, taking care of herself, and doing it without family or community.

Rawah Al Atemsh
Community Programs Coordinator, Southern California
IMG 2553 David Carroll
Community Liaison
IMG 2556 1 Jean Carroll
Community Liaison
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