Located just outside of Atlanta is a small city named Clarkston that’s earned the nickname “Ellis Island of the South” due to the tens of thousands of refugees who made it their first American home. As a result, Clarkston has become one of the most beautifully diverse communities in America. The Their Story is Our Story (TSOS) Community Programs team in Georgia is actively engaged with local nonprofit organizations, serving in the community, and developing opportunities for collecting and sharing refugee stories.


FY 2017-2021 data source: Refugee Processing Center: Arrivals and Admissions, figures exclude Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) from Afghanistan and Iraq, and does not include Afghan Humanitarian Parolees from the 2021 evacuation.

FY 2022 data: 818 refugee, 281 SIV, 1,811 Afghan Humanitarian Parolees, 2,508 Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees

  • Ukrainian
  • Dari
  • Pashto
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Burmese

FY 2022 data source: Languages based on the official and/or most common language of arrivals’ country of origin.

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Call to Action

Voice Your Support for Afghan Adjustment

The Afghan Adjustment (AA) has been reintroduced in both the House (H.R.4627) and the Senate (S.2327) of the United States by a bipartisan group of legislators. We invite you to join us in honoring our promise to our Afghan allies by urging your representatives to pass the Afghan Adjustment!

December 6, 2023

Call to Action

Uniting for Ukraine: U.S. Sponsors Needed

Just as citizens in Europe and the U.K. have heroically supported displaced Ukrainians by opening up their homes or securing other housing, assisting with school enrollments, employment needs, and language learning, Americans now have the opportunity via the Sponsor Circles program to directly help newly arrived Ukrainians. The United States has committed to welcoming 100,000 Ukrainians temporarily for a period of two-years and the ability to apply for employment authorization in the U.S. as long as they have a U.S.-based sponsor to petition for them.

January 31, 2023

Georgians Celebrate New Americans and #StandwithUkraine

Learn how you can support Ukraine relief efforts and local legislation giving access to education for resettled refugees

March 5, 2022
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