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.