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Health Indicator Report of Refugee Arrivals

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.

Number of Refugee Arrivals (greater than 5 arrivals) by Country, Utah, 98-00, 01-03, 04-06, & 07 2007


Many refugees have fled to other countries and refugee camps in countries they are not native to. "Refugee Arrivals by Country" indicates the actual country they were in prior to comming to Utah and is important when tracking diseases and conditions from specific geographic locations. Arrivals for for year ending 07-09 is for 2007 arrivals only.

Data Source

Bureau of Communicable Disease Control, Utah Department of Health


Number of refugee arrivals.


Number of refugee arrivals.


Not applicable.

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:
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