Data On Immigrants and Refugees

This page has links to reports, statistics, maps, and other resources about immigrant and refugee communities in Seattle/King County, the state, and the nation.

Citizenship/Naturalization/DACA Issues

Eligible to Naturalize Interactive Map (University of Southern California Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration)

Eligible to Naturalize Population Map and Charts (New Americans Campaign)

Washington State DACA Fact Sheet (2017) (FWD.us)

Immigration/Migration Issues

20 U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest number of unauthorized immigrants (2014) (Pew Research Center)

Cities Index, an interactive guide ranking 100 largest U.S. cities on immigrant integration metrics (2018) (New American Economy) NEW

Civic Engagement Data for Immigrants and Refugees Living in Seattle/King County (2018) (Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs) NEW

Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States (2018) (Migration Policy Institute)

Immigrants are less likely to commit crime than native-born citizens (2018) (Cato Institute)

Immigrants are less likely to use social benefits than native-born citizens (2018) (Cato Institute)

The Integration of Immigrants into American Society (2015) (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine)

Mapping Immigration Infographics (Department of Homeland Security)

Metropolitan areas with the largest number of residents born in "banned countries," 2011-2015 (The Brookings Institute)

Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Data Sheet (Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs)

Seattle/King County Foreign-born Population Map (2015) (The Seattle Times)

Voices of Seattle's East African Communities: An Overview of Community Issues and Opportunities (2016) (Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs)

Refugee Issues*

Civic Engagement Data for Immigrants and Refugees Living in Seattle/King County (2018) (Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs) NEW

Interactive map showing the global refugee crisis (2017) (Mashable)

King County Refugee Population Map (2015) (The Seattle Times)

Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Data Sheet (Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs)

U.S. Annual Refugee Resettlement Ceilings and Number of Refugees Admitted, 1980-2017 (Migration Policy Institute)

Where Seattle's refugees come from and other things you should know (2016) (KUOW)

*If you need more specific information on refugee placement in Washington State, we recommend going to the Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Data page of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

Workforce Development/Economic Issues

Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges: Career Pathways to Economic Stability & Quality Jobs for Seattle's Immigrant and Refugee Workers & Professionals (2017) (Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs)

Costs of Brain Waste among Highly Skilled Immigrants in Washington State (2016) (Migration Policy Institute)

Economic Benefits of Diversity and Inclusion and Costs of Discrimination and Isolationism Fact Sheet (2017) (Office of Economic Development)

Economic Impact of Naturalization on Immigrants and Cities (2015) (The Urban Institute)

Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy (2017) (Center for American Progress)

Immigrant Businesses - Facts and Figures (Ethnic Business Coalition)

Map the Impact, an interactive guide highlighting the significant economic contributions of immigrants (2016) (New American Economy)

Reducing Brain Waste: Creating Career Pathways for Foreign-Educated Immigrants in Washington State (2015) (OneAmerica)

 

Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges: Career Pathways to Economic Stability & Quality Jobs for Seattle’s Immigrant and Refugee Workers & Professionals

Seattle City Council requested that OIRA conduct a study to explore the feasibility of establishing services in the city of Seattle for internationally-educated immigrants and refugees who are seeking professional occupations in the U.S. This report examines the state of the immigrant and refugee workforce and explores a range of issues including underemployment, the occupational and wage structure of the Seattle-King County workforce, and changing patterns of job mobility.

Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges

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Voices of Seattle's East African Communities:
An Overview of Community Issues and Opportunities

Through an analysis of existing data, community-centered focus groups, and a series of one-on-one interviews, the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) commissioned this report titled, "Voices of Seattle’s East African Communities." Consultant Aileen Balahadia facilitated this community-driven process with these goals:

  1. To inform and guide OIRA and the City of Seattle in order to better analyze policy and to improve services and support to the city’s diverse East African communities.
  2. To inform and guide community-based organizations (CBOs) serving East African individuals in their ability to more efficiently and effectively serve their communities, particularly in today’s nonprofit climate.
  3. To educate and inform community, public, and private partners of the current issues and opportunities in East African communities.

The report serves as a common framework from which both the community and the City of Seattle can work towards collective action. The white paper will inform city departments as they develop unique workplans specific to East African community needs.

 

Cover of the East African report.

The entire 78-page report.
Cover of the East African report executive summary.

The 8-page executive
summary of the report.


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Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Data Sheet

This data snapshot of Seattle's immigrant and refugee community lists a number of important statistics regarding the city's new arrivals and new Americans.

Icon for the Immigrant and Refugee Data Sheet Snapshot

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Banner photo credit: Nate Gowdy Photography.