Indiana's history with refugees dates back to the late 20th century, notably during the resettlement efforts following the Vietnam War. In the early 21st century, the state became a destination for refugees from various countries, including Burma, Somalia, and Syria. Local communities and organizations have played vital roles in providing support and integration for refugees, contributing to Indiana's diverse cultural fabric. The Community Programs team in Indiana 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 may exclude Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) from Afghanistan and Iraq, and may not include Afghan Humanitarian Parolees from the 2021 evacuation.

FY 2022 data: 539 refugee, 110 SIV, 709 Afghan humanitarian parole.

  • French
  • Burmese
  • Dari
  • Pashto
  • Arabic
  • Tigrinya
  • English

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

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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!

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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

Call for Comments - Refugee Resettlement

If you have a story, experience or opinion to share in support of our Afghan allies, we ask you to share it to help us demonstrate public support for legislation that supports and aids these individuals and families.

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