Since the early-1980s more than 5,000 refugees have made New Hampshire their home. Refugees have greatly contributed to our state and local communities. Through their hard work they have strengthened our economy and their presence has enriched the cultural diversity of New Hampshire.
Refugees come New Hampshire from more than 30 different nations and represent a diverse group of ethnic minorities. For the most part, refugees adjust well to New Hampshire life. They frequently find employment within the first few months of arrival in New Hampshire, and they actively participate in the life of the communities where they make their new home. Many eventually become naturalized US citizens.
Most of New Hampshire's refugees live in Hillsborough County, with significant resettlement also being carried out in the Concord, Franklin and Laconia areas.
Refugee Arrivals to New Hampshire by Country of Origin:
October 1996 - June 2000
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