Nearly 20K Ohioans from ‘banned’ countries


Nearly 20,000 Ohioans were born in the seven countries that are part of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, including more than 1,600 residents of the nine-county area surrounding Dayton, according to an I-Team analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

Catholic Social Services, which administers federal refugee resettlement locally, helped 376 refugees resettle to the Dayton area last year. About 12 percent of them came from Iraq, one of the countries on the banned list.

Some, including Trump, say the ban is needed to slow the influx of refugees and immigrants from these countries to allow better vetting. But local refugees and immigrants say vetting is already extreme, and they fear the impact of Trump’s executive order will be severe on them and their families.

SPECIAL REPORT: Uncertain fate for local refugees

Here’s the breakdown of which countries the 19,680 Ohioans come from, according to the most recent estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

  • Somalia, 9,299
  • Iran, 3,752
  • Iraq, 3,247
  • Syria, 2,537
  • Sudan, 679
  • Yemen, 166

Libya is also on the ban list, but the Census survey does not list that country.

More than 90 percent of the Somalian population in Ohio is Columbus metro area.

Here’s how many people in each local county are from countries on the ban list:

Butler County: 156 Iranian, 10 Syria, 64 Sudanese

Clark County: 52 Syrian

Greene County: 116 Iranian, 131 Iraqi, 41 Syrian, 58 Yemeni, 7 Sudanese

Montgomery County: 108 Iranian, 500 Iraqi, 24 Syrian, 148 Somalian, 95 Sudanese

Preble County: 7 Yemeni

Warren County: 81 Iranian, 24 Syrian

Statewide: 9,299 Somalian, 3,752 Iranian, 3,247 Iraq, 2,537 Syria, 679 Sudan, 166 Yemen

RELATED: 5 men from ‘banned’ countries in local jail; Here’s why they’re there.



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