AMARILLO, Texas – Texas has led the nation in refugee resettlements over the last four years and continues to attract others who move to the state on their own.
The majority resettle in large cities. But thriving immigrant populations can also be found in more remote areas such as Amarillo and Abilene, where subtle aspects of far-away cultures have taken root.
The U.S. State Department oversees the resettlement program, which places refugees across the country.
Texas gained about 7,200 refugees in a year span that ended September 2014. Federal statistics show Houston led the state with nearly 2,000 resettlements, followed by Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio. Texas' smaller cities have been accommodating the rest.