The Burmese Population in the U.S., Indiana, and Indianapolis
Burmese American Community Institute – August 2014
I. Burmese Population in Indianapolis – Total: 11708
- Total Burmese primary resettled CY2000-CY2014 as of August 1, 2014: 7004
- Chin – 5322
- Karen – 975
- Karenni (Kayah) – 280
- Kachin – 95
- Mon – 76
- Burman – 74
- Arakanese – 68
- Shan – 23
- Total Chin population (Primary + Secondary) – 10,027(85.6% of the Burmese total)
- Total non-Chin population (Primary + Secondary) – 1681(24.4% of the Burmese total)
- Total Burmese (Primary + Secondary) – 11,726
- Secondary Migrants all Burmese – 4722 (40.3% of the Burmese total)
- Secondary Migrants Chin – 4305 (43% of the Chin total)
II. Burmese population in the State of Indiana – Total: 17551
- Total Burmese primary resettled in Indiana CY2000-CY2014 as of August 1, 2014: 10027
- Indianapolis – 6986
- Fort Wayne – 2948
- All other cities – 93
- Total Burmese population in Indiana – 17551
- Indianapolis – 11,708
- Fort Wayne – 5750
All other cities – 93
III. Burmese Refugee Population in the U.S. CY2000-CY2014 as of August 1, 2014: 132,231
 Our thanks and credit go to the scholars who conducted the research on the topic of “Refugee and Secondary Migration in the U.S. and Indiana” in the Upward College Summer Scholars Program 2014, run and implemented by BACI.
 Total number of all refugees from Burma directly resettled to the city of Indianapolis during 01/01/2000-08/01/2014.
 Other groups include Chinese, Tamil, Rohingya etc.
 This total number is derived from each church and congregation membership records within the Chin community. The number also includes all refugees who arrived prior to the year 2000, estimated about 100, and also includes Burmese American children who were born on and after the year of 2000, estimated at 300 or 3% of the total.
Total number of all non-Chin are calculated using two sources: 1) Data from the Refugee Processing Center (RPC) is used for the Karen and Karenni which are 975 and 280 respectively. Although Jerry Htoo, BCCE community leader estimated the number to be only 300 and 500 each. The discrepancy can be a result of either Mr. Htoo and BCCE undercounting or 455 Karen and Karenni have moved out to different cities and states. But we believe using the RPC data 975 for Karen and 280 Karenni is the most accurate and reliable. 2) The rest of the figures are based on the number provided by each particular community leaders – e.g. Burman, Kachin, Mon etc.
 Taking the number of arrivals prior to the year 2000 estimated to be about 100, also the Burmese American children who were born on and after the year of 2000, estimated at 300 or 3% of the total, the total Chin non-secondary migrants is 4705.
 This estimated number is provided by Nyein Chan (firstname.lastname@example.org), Catholic Charity. Assuming this number is accurate, about 2802 or 48.7% of total Burmese refugees in Fort Wayne are secondary migrants and/or resettled before 2000.
The Burmese Refugee Population in the US and in Indiana
Upward College Summer Scholars Program (2013)
The Burmese American Community Institute (BACI)
The breakdown of the Burmese Refugee population resettled in the United States and Indiana by ethnicity and primary resettlement and secondary migrant population in Indianapolis since 2001 to July 2013. The study uses Participatory Action Research (PAR) model with both quantitative and qualitative methodology during a seven-week intensive research in summer 2013.
- Burmese Refugee Population – 115,836
- Karen Refugee Population – 55,132
- Chin Refugee Population – 37,757
- Karenni (Kayar) Refugee Population – 10,217
- The rest Burmese ethnic groups – 12,730
- Total Burmese Refugee Population in Indiana – 15,623
- Total Burmese refugees in Indianapolis – 10,049
- Total Burmese Refugee Population in Fort Wayne – 5,500
- The Primary Burmese Refugee population in Fort Wayne- 2597
- The Primary Burmese Refugee population in Indianapolis – 5751
- The Primary Burmese Refugee population in Indiana – 8,616
- Primary Chin Refugee Population in Indiana – 4634
- Primary Chin Refugee Population in Indianapolis - 3,984
- Primary Chin Refugee Population in Fort Wayne – 650
- Secondary Chin Refugee Population in Indianapolis – 4,093
- Total Chin Refugee Population in Indianapolis – 8,077
[i] Note: The number of children born in the US is not counted when deriving the national number either the Chin or other ethnic groups. However, children born in the US has been included in calculating and estimating the total number of the Burmese refugee population in the state of Indiana and Indianapolis.
The Burmese Refugee Population in the US and the Breakdown of Chin, Karen and other ethnic groups from Burma
Since 2001 – as of July 2012[i]
2012 BACI Summer Scholars Study
Burmese American Community Institute (BACI)
- Burmese refugees resettled in the US since 2001: 97,713
- Chin Refugees resettled in the US since 2001: 30,453
- Karen Refugees resettled in the US since 2001: 57,962
- The rest ethnic groups from Burma in the US since 2001: 9297
- Burmese refugees in Indiana: 12,225 (13% of the whole Burmese population in the US)
- Burmese refugees in Indianapolis: 8225
- Karen refugees in Indiana: 2704
- Karen refugees in Indianapolis: 1870 (70% of total 2704)
- Chin refugees in Indianapolis: 5765 (both primary & secondary migrants)
- Chin refugees in Indiana: 3524 (primary migrants only)
- Chin refugees in Indianapolis: 3500 (primary migrants, 99% of IN)
- Chin refugees in Indianapolis: 2265 (secondary migrants only; 39% of the whole population)
- Other ethnic groups from Burma in Indianapolis: 590
BACI Summer Scholars Study, June – July 2012. Note: the raw data are primarily obtained from the Word Refugee Processing Center operated by the US Department of State, and also Community leaders and local churches in Indiana.