It has been the policy of the United States to provide asylum and humanitarian assistance to persons subjected to persecution in their homelands. This humanitarian resettlement assistance is provided through the states but is funded through the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement. Approximately 50,000-80,000 refugees resettle in the United States each year with California historically receiving the largest number of new refugee arrivals. Newly arriving refugees in California are the most ethnically diverse groups in the nation originating from more than 85 different countries and speaking more than 80 different languages at any given year.
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