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How many refugees are coming to the Inland Northwest?

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A look at refugee intake by state. A look at refugee intake by state.
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On Monday, governors of both Washington and Idaho released statements regarding their stances on refugees entering their states. Washington Governor Jay Inslee says Washington will welcome refugees from Syria. Idaho Governor Butch Otter, on the other hand, called for a halt to the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program.

One website created by NBC affiliate WKYC in Cleveland, breaks down refugee numbers by state and by country of origin. According to the website, between the years of 2012 and 2014 the average total of refugees from any country is a little over 2,300 in Washington. Meanwhile, in Idaho the average number is less than 1,000, at 905.

While Syrian refugees are a point of concern worldwide, the number of Syrian people entering Washington and Idaho is strikingly low. Over that three year span, a total of three Syrian refugees came to Washington and four came to Idaho. According to the site, refugees from Iraq, Burma and Somalia made up some of the highest numbers in Washington and Idaho.

That's a trend that holds up nationwide. In 2014, 14,577 refugees from Burma entered the U.S. 19,651 refugees entered the country from Iraq, and  9,011 from Somalia. In total, about 70,000 refugees entered the United States in 2014.

To look at the breakdown yourself, click HERE

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