Based on data from The Refugee Processing Center, New Mexico received 112 refugees during October and December of 2023, placing it sixth in the United States for total arrivals of refugees. These migrants, who were mostly from Africa and Latin America, applied for asylum for various reasons, including economic hardship, violence, and persecution.
The top five nations from whom refugees arrived in New Mexico in 2023 were as follows:
Top of the list with 44 arrivals from October to December is the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country wracked by civil wars and breaches of human rights. Over 3,800 Congolese refugees were relocated in the United States in the fiscal year 2023, with Kentucky, Texas, and New York serving as the main states of destination.
26 refugees from Colombia, the second-largest source nation, arrived in New Mexico between October and December. Millions of people have been displaced by Colombia’s protracted armed war; in the fiscal year 2023, the United States accepted over 1,000 Colombian refugees, with Florida, Texas, and New York serving as the main hubs.
Venezuela comes in third place with 23 refugees over the given time frame. Due to the political and economic turmoil in the nation, there has been a large-scale migration, and in 2023, the United States took in over 800 Venezuelan refugees, with Florida, Texas, and New York being the main states of arrival.
In October to December, 14 refugees arrived in New Mexico from Syria, making it the fourth-largest source country. Millions of people have been displaced by the Syrian civil war, and in the fiscal year 2023, the United States admitted over 2,400 Syrian refugees, with New York, California, and Texas being the top states of arrival.
Afghanistan comes in fifth place, with 12 refugees reaching New Mexico within the allotted time. Millions of people have been displaced as a result of decades of conflict and instability that worsened when the United States and NATO withdrew their troops in 2021. Over 1,600 Afghan refugees were relocated in the United States in 2023, with Virginia, Texas, and California serving as the main states of destination.
In 2023, New Mexico showed compassion and unity by offering support and chances to refugees. The worldwide refugee crisis continues despite the state’s critical involvement, underscoring the necessity for enhanced refugee admissions and resettlement efforts by the United States and other countries.
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