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2017 ASR Users Guide.docx application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document 444.5 KB 02/07/2020 05:48:AM
2017 ASR Users Guide.pdf application/pdf 1.5 MB 07/09/2019 09:33:AM
2017 ASR Users Guide_without_appendices.pdf application/pdf 1 MB 07/11/2019 09:40:AM
2017 ASR_Public_Use_File.dta application/x-stata 9.9 MB 07/09/2019 06:13:AM
2017 ASR_Public_Use_File.sas7bdat application/x-sas-data 6.2 MB 07/01/2019 03:08:PM
2017 ASR_Public_Use_File.sav application/x-spss-sav 4.3 MB 02/07/2020 05:49:AM
Appendix A - 2017 ASR Questionnaire.docx application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document 62.3 KB 07/09/2019 11:17:AM
Appendix A - 2017 ASR Questionnaire.pdf application/pdf 126.2 KB 07/02/2019 09:24:AM
data_dictionary(unweigted).pdf application/pdf 336.7 KB 07/09/2019 06:12:AM
data_dictionary(weighted household).pdf application/pdf 64 KB 07/09/2019 06:58:AM
data_dictionary(weighted person).pdf application/pdf 182.2 KB 07/11/2019 09:35:AM
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Project Citation: 

Urban Institute. 2017 Annual Survey of Refugees. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2020-02-14.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary Since the 1980s, the Office of Refugee Resettlement[1] (ORR) has conducted the Annual Survey of Refugees (ASR), which collects information on refugees during their first five years after arrival in the U.S. The ASR is the only scientifically-collected source of national data on refugees’ progress toward self-sufficiency and integration. ORR uses the ASR results alongside other information sources to fulfill its Congressionally-mandated reporting requirement following the Refugee Act of 1980.  

In the spring of 2018, ORR completed its 51st Annual Survey of Refugees (ASR). The data from the ASR offer a window into respondents’ first five years in the United States and show the progress that refugee families made towards learning English, participating in the workforce, and establishing permanent residence. This public use data deposit is only for the 2017 ASR with future years likely to be added to the ICPSR archive. .

[1] The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) serves refugees and other humanitarian entrants, including asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, Special Immigrant Visa holders, Amerasians, victims of human trafficking, and unaccompanied children. By providing these arrived populations with critical resources, ORR promotes their economic and social well-being. Of these populations, the Annual Survey of Refugees focuses solely on refugees who have come to the U.S. in the past five fiscal years.
Funding Sources:  View help for Funding Sources U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Scope of Project

Subject Terms:  View help for Subject Terms refugees
Geographic Coverage:  View help for Geographic Coverage United States
Time Period(s):  View help for Time Period(s) 1/10/2018 – 4/7/2018 (Collected 2017 information)
Collection Date(s):  View help for Collection Date(s) 1/10/2018 – 4/7/2018
Universe:  View help for Universe Refugees aged 16 years old or older at the time of interview and arrived in the U.S. during FY 2012-2016
Data Type(s):  View help for Data Type(s) survey data


Response Rate:  View help for Response Rate An overall response rate of 25 percent was achieved. The response rate was driven by the ability to locate and speak to (1515+534)/6006 = 32 percent of the sample, meaning that two thirds of the sample could neither be located nor (if located) successfully contacted.  

The overall response rates decreased with time since arrival to the U.S., varying from 18 percent for FY 2012-13 refugees to 26 percent for FY 2014-15 refugees and a high of 34 percent for FY 2016 refugees.
Sampling:  View help for Sampling The 2017 ASR employed a stratified probability sample design of refugees. The first stage of selection was the household (PA) and the second stage was the selection of persons within households. Principal features of the sample design are highlighted below.
Collection Mode(s):  View help for Collection Mode(s) telephone interview
Weights:  View help for Weights Household- and person-level analytic weights were developed for the 2017 ASR to allow for valid statistical estimates of the target refugee population. Both sets of weights are comprised of two components – a base weight reflecting the selection probability and an adjustment that corrects for differential nonresponse and aligns the population to known totals from the sampling frame (RADS universe file).
Unit(s) of Observation:  View help for Unit(s) of Observation Households, Individuals
Geographic Unit:  View help for Geographic Unit Census region originally resettled in and the country of birth

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