A Refugee’s Journey by Insider

“A Refugee’s Journey” is a comprehensive visual narrative that uses a combination of data visualizations and illustrations to outline the state of the global refugee crisis, and take readers through the complex and grueling process by which refugees are resettled in the United States.

There are 27 million refugees around the world. They often flee their home countries with little more than the clothes on their backs – leaving behind homes, treasured possessions, careers, and loved ones to embark on a long and uncertain journey to safety. As of April 30, just 10,742 refugees had been given a permanent home in the US this year.

More than 3 million refugees from around the world have gone through the rigorous resettlement United States process since 1980, when the US implemented its current refugee-admissions program. Since then, the US has consistently been the most welcoming country in the world. But if the trend of historically low admissions continues, it will be even harder for the world’s most vulnerable people to be able to build a new life in the US.