Despite Arizona’s reputation as being unwelcoming to immigrants, it has become a popular destination for refugees. More than 3,100 refugees arrived in the state in 2015, according to the federal government’s Office of Refugee Resettlement. The map below shows the top ten countries where the refugees came from. Hover your mouse over a country to see how many refugees from that country settled in Arizona.
When the refugees reach the United States, they still encounter hardships. Siddiqa Khaliqi is a volunteer with Helping Hand for Relief and Development, an international relief charity. Listen as Khaliqi talks about the time she and Gul Siddiqi, who manages the charity’s Arizona branch, visited refugees in Phoenix: