Nearly 20K Ohioans from ‘banned’ countries

2:58 p.m Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 Local
Dr. Mahmoud Dabbous, center, laughs as he and other local residents, including Dr. Gigi Sankary, left, and Ahmad Abbas, right, all originally from Syria celebrate together at the IHOP on Talmadge Road in West Toledo. A group of about 20 local residents, including many Syrian expatriates, meet weekly to get to know one another over coffee. Often they stay for hours, sometimes into the early morning, catching up with their new neighbors as they build community. On this particular Tuesday, the group was celebrating Dr. Dabbous’ news: he was cleared the begin the processes of certification to practice medicine in the U.S. Dr. Dabbous is general practitioner and Dr. Sankary is a dentist. Dr. Dabbous and Mr. Abbas have come America as an asylum-seekers, while Dr. Sankary is an American citizen, though her husband and children are not. The ongoing war in Syria has produced an international refugee crisis, and forced many of the country’s citizens to flee by other means, such as seeking asylum. The war has also divided families; Dr. Dabbous’ family continue to live in Syria, Dr. Sankary’s two adult daughters are stranded in Turkey and Mr. Abbas’ wife remains in Damascus. THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH

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.

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

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