Groups expect more refugees headed for Northwest Arkansas, but pace slows

Posted: January 7, 2018 at 1:04 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas likely will remain eligible to take in refugees despite U.S. State Department changes revealed last month, two advocates said in recent weeks.

By the numbers

The United Nations Refugee Agency estimates:

• More than 65 million people have been forcibly displaced by conflict or persecution worldwide

• More than 22 million qualify as refugees, meaning they have fled their home and are likely to die if they return

• About 5.5 million of those refugees come from Syria

• And another 2.5 million come from Afghanistan.

Source: unhcr.org

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