REPORT: Top Ten Native Languages of Refugees Entering U.S. (chart)

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Arabic leads the list of the languages most spoken by refugees in the U.S., according to State Department numbers from the Refugee Processing Center (RPC).

Since 2008, the cumulative number suggests that more than one-fourth of all refugees admitted into the United States have spoken Arabic.

Current numbers indicate that more than one-third of refugees today speak Arabic.

According to recent data, a total of approximately 433,000 refugees have been admitted to the U.S. since 2008, and more than 130,000 speak Arabic.

This has been a consistent pattern throughout the years, with refugees who are native Arabic speakers usually outnumbering those who speak other languages. This year, those numbers are going up even higher.

Arabic-speaking refugees flooded the country in record numbers last year, topping out at 21,527, a large increase over the nearly 13,500 who arrived in 2015.

So far, nearly 6,500 Arabic-speaking refugees have been admitted into the country, representing more than one-third of all refugees coming here since the beginning of the fiscal new year.

The number of native Arabic speakers dipped in fiscal years 2012 and 2013, with native Nepali speakers briefly taking the lead; but, in general, Nepali speakers have run a distant second to those who speak Arabic.

Other African national languages are represented before Spanish, which comes in fifth on the top ten list of languages refugees speak.

Chart Source: U.S. Gov’t
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