SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The number of refugees who resettled in South Dakota continued to decline last year.
Lutheran Social Service’s Center for New Americans is South Dakota’s only resettlement group. It’s figures show the state added 209 refugees last year, that’s about 100 fewer than in 2017 and about 300 fewer than were resettled in 2014.
The decline in the number of refugees coming to South Dakota started under former President Barack Obama, but has accelerated since President Donald Trump lowered the nationwide annual refugee intake number to 30,000 in 2018.
Since 2002, 6,247 refugees from 32 countries have resettled in South Dakota.