Despite Immigration Politics, Texas Leads Country In Refugee Resettlements


 [Story taken from KERA News.  Published by Eric Aasen on January 5, 2015. Explore the Generation One series here.]  1/8/2016

Despite its reputation for anti-immigrant politicians, Texas has led the nation in refugee resettlements for the last four years and continues to attract others who move here on their own. The strong economy is playing a big role. The Associated Press reports: “Most are settled in large cities, but immigrant populations are also thriving in more remote areas like Amarillo. … In a year span that ended in September, Texas became the new home for about 7,200 refugees from more than two dozen countries, the majority from Iraq and Myanmar. Houston led the state with nearly 2,000 resettlements, followed by Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio. Texas' smaller cities have been accommodating the rest - including Amarillo, Abilene and Midland. … Amarillo's rich history of being a refugee relocation spot dates to 1975, when Vietnamese were resettled there. Today, the majority of its refugees come from Myanmar. …  More dramatic shifts are occurring in smaller communities such as Cactus, a town of about 3,000 in Moore County where the Asian population has gone from less than 1 percent in 2000 to the most recent estimate of almost 28 percent.” KERA has recently explored how schools are trying to educate children who are immigrants or whose parents are immigrants. [The Associated Press]