Facts and Data

General Statistics
 

Data provided by fiscal year (October 1 – September 30)

Age | Country of Origin | Gender | Home Studies and Post-Release Services | Length of Stay | Referrals | Release to Sponsors | Safety and Well-Being Calls

Age

Age breakdown of unaccompanied children by fiscal year (October 1 – September 30)

Age FY2015 FY2014 FY2013 FY2012 FY2011
0-12 17% 21% 14% 11% 11%
13-14 14% 16% 13% 11% 10%
15-16 38% 36% 40% 39% 38%
17 30% 27% 34% 38% 40%


Country of Origin

The top three countries of origin shifted slightly from FY2014, with the highest percentage of children in FY2015 coming from Guatemala, followed closely by El Salvador and Honduras.

Country of Origin FY2015 FY2014 FY2013 FY2012
Honduras 17% 34% 30% 27%
Guatemala 45% 32% 37% 34%
El Salvador 29% 29% 26% 27%
Mexico 6% <2% 3% 8%
All other countries 3% <3% 5% 4%


Gender

The demographic breakdown in FY15 changed slightly from FY14 to reflect an increase in male UC arrivals and decrease in female UC arrivals.

Year Males Females
FY2015 68% 32%
FY2014 66% 34%
FY2013 73% 27%
FY2012 77% 23%


Home Studies and Post-Release Services

Number of home studies conducted by ORR and number of unaccompanied children served by post-release services (PRS)

Year Home Studies UC served by PRS
FY2015 1,895 8,618


Length of Stay

Average length of stay of a child in shelter care in FY2015 was 34 days.


Referrals

This reflects the number of referrals ORR receives from the Department of Homeland Security each fiscal year.  Read more about referrals to ORR and initial placement.

Year Referrals
FY2015 33, 726
FY2014 57, 496
FY2013 24, 668
FY2012 13, 625

 

Release to Sponsors

View the number of unaccompanied children released to sponsors by state and by county

Safety and Well-Being Calls

View the results of the calls from the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2016.
 

View ORR Fact Sheet on Unaccompanied Children's Services

Last Reviewed: May 18, 2016