By Sophia Tatum
Mass numbers of people around the world are being forced to leave their homes because of unrest in their native countries, so many governments—including the United States—willingly take in these men, women and children who are faced with imminent threats and help them rebuild a new life far away from any danger.
The conflict in the Middle East has brought attention to the current refugee situation, leaving many concerned about risking national security by welcoming large numbers of people into the country. However, the concept of accepting refugees into the United States—and the state of Nebraska—is nothing new, and these individuals are put through extensive background checks and medical examinations before being granted refugee status.
Here is the breakdown of Nebraska’s recent refugee population:
As shown in the above graphic, the three countries sending Nebraska the largest number of refugees have recently been Burma, which has sent primarily Karen refugees, Bhutan and Iraq.