Burmese American
Burmese Refugee Population in the US

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)

www.baci-indy.org

  • 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.

The Burmese Refugee Population in the US and in Indiana
Secondary Migration
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.