University of Minnesota

Liberian refugees

According to the recent report published by the Migration Policy Institute and International Rescue Committee ("Bridging Divides", p. 18 ) 8% of refugees admitted by the United States in 2005 were from Liberia making them the fifth largest group of refugee arrivals from a single country.

In the IHRC collection of records of the United States Committee for Refugees, selected documents provide a few glimpses into the development of the refugee crisis in Liberia. In 1988, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported 170 refugees in Liberia originating mostly in the neighboring countries.

U.S. Committee for Refugees Records, Box 26
Only five years later, the number increased unbelievably to over 1 million internally displaced Liberians, and an additional million were seeking refuge in the surrounding countries. The difficult process of aid and resettlement had begun.
U.S. Committee for Refugees Records, Box 2
U.S. Committee for Refugees Records, Box 2
U.S. Committee for Refugees Records, Box 2


Learn more about Liberia, its people and the events that caused them to leave their land in the last decade and a half.

A People Torn: Liberians in Minnesota (project of the Minneapolis Star Tribune)

See map of the region (Google Maps)

Country profile (BBC)


posted by DaN, June 15, 2007

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