Washington

A state that welcomed refugees from Vietnam in the 1970s, Washington continues to open its doors to those who are looking for a new home. In 2019, Washington ranked as one of the top states for initial resettlement. Today, newcomers from Afghanistan and Ukraine add to an ever-evolving and vibrant immigrant population. The Community Programs team in Washington is actively engaged with local nonprofit organizations, serving in the community, and developing opportunities for collecting and sharing refugee stories.

Demographics
ARRIVALS

FY 2017-2021 data source: Wrapsnet.org

FY 2022 data source: Provided by Washington State Department of Social Services. Includes refugees, SIVs, and Afghans arriving under Humanitarian Parole.

TOP COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN
TOP NEWCOMER LANGUAGES
  • Dari
  • Pashto
  • Ukrainian
  • Arabic
  • Kurdish
  • Somali
  • Burmese

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

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Volunteer Perspective

Washington DC Team assists their local community through ESL, Art, Mental Health Awareness, and Advocating for Refugee Physicians

Our hearts are heavy due to the events and suffering in Israel and Palestine. We understand that any conflict leading to loss and displacement have long-term effects for individuals, families, and the community at large. We continue to work toward creating and advocating for better welcome in each of our own communities.

February 20, 2024

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

Bilingual Representation in Somali Immigrant Communities Strengthens Bonds and Increases Understanding

What would you do if there were no books readily available in your language? Although Somali is the second most spoken language among students in the Seattle Public School system, books in the Somali language have been hard to come by. That is, until Farhiya Mohamed, founder and director of the Seattle-based Somali Family Safety Task Force, had a brilliant idea—to make her own books in the Somali language.

May 24, 2023
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Leadership
Get to know our Washington leadership team.
Sarah OJTSOS
Community Grants Manager; Community Programs Coordinator, Washington
Chrissy TSOS
Graphic Design/Art Specialist
Kristen Dayley
Executive Director
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