Ukrainian Refugees Are Coming To California

Matt Lillywhite

President Biden previously said that up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees may come to the United States. And since many cities in California have strong links with Ukraine, many refugees may end up settling in the state. Quoting an article published by The New York Times:

"Refugees are likely to settle in regions with strong connections to their home country. And California has some of the nation's biggest Ukrainian communities, including in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento regions. Other major Ukrainian hubs are New York, Seattle, and Chicago."

The Sacramento metropolitan region has more Ukrainian immigrants (20,000) than any other city in the state, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. For context, the Los Angeles metro area has 17,000, and the Bay Area is home to 14,000 Ukrainian immigrants.

The Federal Government has already granted Temporary Protection Status (TPS) to Ukrainian tourists, workers, and students who were in the United States when the war with Russia began. According to The Wall Street Journal, "The immigration status offers Ukrainians—including international students, tourists, and employees on work visas—a chance to remain legally and work in the U.S. for 18 months. Designations of TPS can be, and almost always are, extended once those 18 months are up." 

It's also worth noting that hundreds of Ukrainians seeking refuge in California have already crossed the border from Mexico, according to NPR

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