2015 Impact of Refugees in Central Ohio Report

In 2015, US Together teamed up with CRIS, World Relief, and the City of Columbus to do an extensive analysis on the economic and social impact of refugees in the Central Ohio area: See below for highlights




  • Since 1983 there have been 16,596 refugees from around the world that have been resettled in the Columbus metro area-most of them (59.2%) in the past ten years.
  • 41.8% of refugees age 18 and older are currently enrolled in college or have graduated from college; compared to 43.0% of all Franklin County residents age 18 and older; this suggests that refugees in the community are just as well-educated as the rest of the population.
  • 13.6% Employed refugees age 16 and older who are business owners, is more than double the general Franklin County rate of entrepreneurship (6.5%); indicating that local refugees are more than twice as likely to own a business as the general population.
  • There are an estimated 873 refugee-owned businesses in the Columbus MSA employing 3,960 workers.
  • The local refugee community supports an estimated total of 21,273 jobs in the Columbus MSA.

2015 Impact of Refugees on Central Ohio