Most OC Refugees Are From Asia, Right?

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Walk through South Coast Plaza, Orange County's internationally prized shopping mall in Costa Mesa, and there are moments you could swear you're in Saigon or Bangkok by the large numbers of Asian shoppers.

Those types of encounters and the ever-increasing vibrancy of our Little Saigon region probably makes most of us locals assume that Southeast Asia is by far the largest supplier of new refugees to OC.

But that would be wrong.

According to a county government staff report that will be discussed tomorrow at the board of supervisor's meeting, Southeast Asian countries supplied 887 refugees from 2005 to 2010, or 45 percent of the total pool.

So guess which area of the world send OC the most refugees during the period.

If you guessed the Middle East, you'd be right.

Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan alone supplied 938 refugees, according to a new Social Services Agency report that advocates that supervisors spend about $1.1 million during the next three years for special government services to these immigrants.

Much of the public funding will target refugees who speak Vietnamese, Arabic, Farsi, Tigrinya, Somali and Oromo, according to the agency's records.

R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

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cook
cook

refugees and immigrants are not the same.

(le vrai) mitch young
(le vrai) mitch young

Good point. By international law, 'fugees are supposed to stop in the nearest 'safe' country and also to return home when hostilities or natural disaster or whatever drove them out is over. Seeing as how we now have relations with Vietnam and Cambodia, the countries are open and even prospering (see Anthony Bourdain's travels in SE Asia for example), the refugees should have been sent back.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

But as many fail to realize, the refugees from Vietnam were not exactly the Poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of our teeming shore. Many if not most were the wealthy elite that could smuggle enough gold out to buy a nice life here in the USA.

Ironic, the Communists in China and Vietnam have been prospering while the people there adopt an American lifestyle...

(le vrai) mitch young
(le vrai) mitch young

I actually like the Asian immigrants per say. Especially the gay ones ;). I have an Asian fetish and think of Asian men all the damn time.. me soo horny!!

(le vrai) mitch young
(le vrai) mitch young

Yea, that's true of Asian immigrants generally. The are generally from 'privileged' backgrounds. 

Just saying
Just saying

Um, Mr. Moxley,  Last time I checked, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan are in Asia.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Is it true that UCI will start a English IS a Second Language series?

(le vrai) mitch young
(le vrai) mitch young

One of the main reasons why we paleoconservaties are against intervention -- other than getting a disproportionate number of white, rural, xian kids killed, they cause 'refugees' which end up here.

BTW 'refugee services' is quite scheme -- these folks do quite well by doing 'good'.

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