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Complete Health Indicator Report of Refugee Arrivals


Number of refugee arrivals.


Number of refugee arrivals.


Not applicable.

Why Is This Important?

A refugee is any person who is unable or unwilling to return to their country because of fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Refugees often flee their homes with very few possessions and may spend years in refugee camps living under very difficult conditions prior to being resettled in the U.S. Refugees can introduce and transmit communicable diseases from foreign countries; therefore, it is important to understand newly-settled populations and the health problems common to the areas they have arrived from.

Other Objectives

The Refugee Federal Act of 1980 entitles each newly arriving refugee to a complete health screening within the first 30 days after arriving in the U.S. The health screening focuses on the following categories of risk assessment and health promotion: [[br]] *tuberculosis *hepatitis B *parasites *HIV/AIDS *STDs *anemia *diabetes *hypertension *cardiovascular disease *lead screening *immunizations *pregnancy *hearing acuity *visual acuity *mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder *any infectious disease that may be present in the country arriving from

How Are We Doing?

Health Screening compliance and TB Screen Follow-up: [[br]] *Refugees receive a health screening within 30 days of arrival *All refugees are screened for TB *All those with positive TB screen receive a chest X-ray

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

More than two million refugees have arrived in the U.S. since the Federal Refugee Act of 1980 was established. These arrivals were primarily from Southeast Asia and the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s during the Cold War period, followed by Europe in the 1990s during the Balkans period, and now a growing number from Africa in the 2000s during the civil conflict and from the Middle East as a result of the current conflict. Utah has resettled over 17,000 refugees since 1995.

What Is Being Done?

The primary goal of the Utah Department of Health Refugee Health Program is to offer health screening related services to all newly arriving refugees in Utah. This is accomplished by working closely with the refugee resettlement agencies and with the Health Screening clinics and providers.

Available Services

Catholic Community Services - Utah 745 E. 300 S. Salt Lake City, UT 84102 Phone: (801) 977-9119 Fax: (801) 977-9224 International Rescue Committee 221 South 400 West Salt Lake City, UT 84101 Phone: (801) 328-1091 Fax: (801) 328-1094 Refugee & Immigrant Center - Asian Association of Utah 155 South 300 West Salt Lake City, UT 84101 Phone: (801) 467-6060 Fax: (801) 486-3007 Refugee Services Office Utah Department of Workforce Services 140 E 300 South Salt Lake City, UT 84111 Phone: (801)526-9483 Fax: (801)526-9239

Health Program Information

More information on the conditions identified at the health screening are available on the Bureau of Epidemiology website:

Related Indicators

Related Relevant Population Characteristics Indicators:

Graphical Data Views

Number of Refugee Arrivals, Utah, 1998-2014

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YearNumber of Persons
Record Count: 17

Data Source

Bureau of Communicable Disease Control, Utah Department of Health

Number of Refugee Arrivals by Region, Utah 2005-2014

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YearWorld RegionNumber of Persons
Record Count: 60
2005East Asia and Pacific21
2005Europe and Eurasia126
2005Near East (N. Africa/Middle East)54
2005South and Central Asia12
2005Latin America89
2006East Asia and Pacific58
2006Europe and Eurasia145
2006Near East (N. Africa/Middle East)32
2006South and Central Asia3
2006Latin America35
2007East Asia and Pacific333
2007Europe and Eurasia14
2007Near East (N. Africa/Middle East)123
2007South and Central Asia0
2007Latin America14
2008East Asia and Pacific393
2008Europe and Eurasia0
2008Near East (N. Africa/Middle East)221
2008South and Central Asia186
2008Latin America15
2009East Asia and Pacific349
2009Europe and Eurasia0
2009Near East (N. Africa/Middle East)394
2009South and Central Asia357
2009Latin America21
2010East Asia and Pacific228
2010Europe and Eurasia3
2010Near East (N. Africa/Middle East)239
2010South and Central Asia249
2010Latin America10
2011East Asia and Pacific274
2011Europe and Eurasia0
2011Near East (N. Africa/Middle East)116
2011South and Central Asia177
2011Latin America21
2012East Asia and Pacific174
2012Europe and Eurasia1
2012Near East (N. Africa/Middle East)303
2012South and Central Asia272
2012Latin America1
2013East Asia and Pacific168
2013Europe and Eurasia10
2013Near East (N. Africa/Middle East)360
2013South and Central Asia181
2013Latin America8
2014East Asia and Pacific167
2014Europe and Eurasia1
2014Near East (N. Africa/Middle East)370
2014South and Central Asia155
2014Latin America20

Data Source

Bureau of Communicable Disease Control, Utah Department of Health

References and Community Resources

INTERNET RESOURCES FOR REFUGEES: Utah Department of Health Tuberculosis Control & Refugee Health Program Catholic Community Services - Utah International Rescue Committee U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Utah Department of Workforce Services, Utah Refugee Resettlement Program

More Resources and Links

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

For an on-line medical dictionary, click on this Dictionary link.

Page Content Updated On 07/28/2015, Published on 07/28/2015
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