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Complete Indicator Report of Refugee Arrivals

Definition

Number of refugee arrivals.

Numerator

Number of refugee arrivals.

Denominator

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:
- 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:
- 2010 Utah arrivals = 1,035 refugees
- 1,018 refugees (100%) received health screening (17 outmigrated to other states prior to health screening).
- 252 had positive TB screen test. A positive screen test is not active TB.
- 100% of those with positive TB screen received a chest X-ray.

How Do We Compare With 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 12,000 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 Salt Lake Family Health Center, where all refugee screenings have been conducted since October 2001.

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
321 East 400 South Suite 50
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: (801) 328-1091
Fax: (801) 328-1094

Utah Refugee Employment and Community Center
1588 South Major Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Phone: (801) 412-0577
Fax: (801) 412-9925

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

Other Program Information

More information on the conditions identified at the health screening are available on the Bureau of Communicable Disease Control/Tuberculosis Control and Refugee Health website:
http://health.utah.gov/cdc



Related Indicators

Related Relevant Population Characteristics Indicators:




Graphical Data Views

Number of Refugee Arrivals, Utah, 1998-2010

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Year Number of Persons
Record Count: 13
1998 1,201
1999 1,128
2000 1,095
2001 866
2002 362
2003 488
2004 956
2005 783
2006 623
2007 889
2008 1,027
2009 1,428
2010 1,035

Data Sources

Bureau of Communicable Disease Control, Utah Department of Health.



Number of Refugee Arrivals by Nativity and Country Arriving From (>10 arrivals), Utah, 2005-2011 YTD

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Arrived From/Nativity Country of Origin Number of Persons
Record Count: 64
Arrived From Bhutan 20
Arrived From Burma 22
Arrived From Cameroon 21
Arrived From Cuba 200
Arrived From Egypt 183
Arrived From Ethiopia 221
Arrived From Gabon 19
Arrived From Ghana 60
Arrived From Guinea 17
Arrived From Iraq 131
Arrived From Ivory Coast 22
Arrived From Jordan 261
Arrived From Kenya 1,016
Arrived From Lebanon 43
Arrived From Liberia 12
Arrived From Malaysia 304
Arrived From Mozambique 13
Arrived From Nepal 837
Arrived From Romania 14
Arrived From Russia 289
Arrived From Rwanda 13
Arrived From Sierra Leone 32
Arrived From Somalia 17
Arrived From Sudan 12
Arrived From Syria 251
Arrived From Tanzania 315
Arrived From Thailand 1,284
Arrived From Turkey 397
Arrived From Uganda 129
Arrived From Vietnam 15
Arrived From Yemen 49
Arrived From Zambia 67
Nativity Afghanistan 34
Nativity Arab 49
Nativity Bhutan 526
Nativity Burma 274
Nativity Burundi 279
Nativity Central Africa 13
Nativity Chin 184
Nativity Congo 136
Nativity Cuba 200
Nativity Eritrea 87
Nativity Ethiopia 71
Nativity Iran 269
Nativity Iraq 790
Nativity Karen 957
Nativity Karenni 144
Nativity Kunuma 37
Nativity Liberia 131
Nativity Meskhetian Turk 232
Nativity Mon 15
Nativity Nepal 337
Nativity Palestine 13
Nativity Russia 54
Nativity Rwanda 29
Nativity Sierra Leone 11
Nativity Somali Bantu 86
Nativity Somalia 1,072
Nativity Sudan 171
Nativity Suni 13
Nativity Thailand 16
Nativity Tigray 27
Nativity Vietnam 16
Nativity Zaire 65

Data Notes

Many refugees have fled to other countries and refugee camps in countries they are not native to. Others were born in refugee camps in countries they are not native to. "Refugee Arrivals by Nativity" indicates the culture or ethnicity of arriving refugees. "Refugee Arrivals by Country" indicates the actual country they were in prior to coming to Utah and is important when tracking diseases and conditions from specific geographic locations.

Data Sources

Bureau of Communicable Disease Control, Utah Department of Health.



Number of Refugee Arrivals by Age Group, Utah, 1998-2010

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Age Group: <15, 15-24, 25-44, 45-64, 65+ Year Number of Persons
Record Count: 65
<15 1998 343
<15 1999 348
<15 2000 398
<15 2001 212
<15 2002 112
<15 2003 140
<15 2004 362
<15 2005 282
<15 2006 229
<15 2007 361
<15 2008 348
<15 2009 479
<15 2010 323
15-24 1998 211
15-24 1999 241
15-24 2000 205
15-24 2001 287
15-24 2002 71
15-24 2003 122
15-24 2004 219
15-24 2005 165
15-24 2006 165
15-24 2007 211
15-24 2008 262
15-24 2009 324
15-24 2010 256
25-44 1998 482
25-44 1999 390
25-44 2000 366
25-44 2001 267
25-44 2002 120
25-44 2003 156
25-44 2004 258
25-44 2005 241
25-44 2006 157
25-44 2007 236
25-44 2008 273
25-44 2009 450
25-44 2010 321
45-64 1998 148
45-64 1999 139
45-64 2000 110
45-64 2001 78
45-64 2002 51
45-64 2003 58
45-64 2004 100
45-64 2005 79
45-64 2006 60
45-64 2007 74
45-64 2008 117
45-64 2009 141
45-64 2010 96
65+ 1998 13
65+ 1999 10
65+ 2000 12
65+ 2001 22
65+ 2002 6
65+ 2003 12
65+ 2004 17
65+ 2005 16
65+ 2006 12
65+ 2007 7
65+ 2008 27
65+ 2009 34
65+ 2010 39

Data Sources

Bureau of Communicable Disease Control, Utah Department of Health.



Number of Reportable Conditions in Refugee Arrivals, Utah, 2010

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Tested vs. Positive Reportable Conditions
Record Count: 12
Tested TB Screened 5,907
Tested HIV 4,177
Tested Hepatitis B 4,880
Tested STD 4,005
Tested Parasites 5,066
Tested Blood Lead 698
Positive TB Screened 1,603
Positive HIV 26
Positive Hepatitis B 234
Positive STD 76
Positive Parasites 1,126
Positive Blood Lead 51

Data Notes

NOT positive for active TB disease.
Only children <7 years old tested for Blood Lead, positive >1-mg/dL.

Data Sources

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
http://health.utah.gov/cdc

Catholic Community Services - Utah
www.ccsutah.org

International Rescue Committee
www.theIRC.org

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement
www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
www.state.gov/g/prm

Utah Department of Workforce Services, Utah Refugee Resettlement Program
jobs.utah.gov/services/financial/refuge.asp

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 10/05/2011, Published on 11/23/2011
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Content updated: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:09:26 MST