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 CareReferrals | Release to Sponsors


Age

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

Age FY2021 FY2020 FY2019 FY2018 FY2017 FY2016 FY2015 FY2014 FY2013 FY2012
0-12 16% 16% 16% 15% 17% 18% 17% 21% 14% 11%
13-14 13% 12% 12% 12% 13% 14% 14% 16% 13% 11%
15-16 39% 37% 37% 37% 37% 37% 38% 36% 40% 39%
17 33% 35% 35% 35% 32% 31% 30% 27% 34% 38%


Country of Origin

The top three countries of origin shifted from FY2017, with the highest percentage of children in FY2018 coming from Guatemala, followed by Honduras and El Salvador.

Country of Origin FY2021 FY2020 FY2019 FY2018 FY2017 FY2016 FY2015 FY2014 FY2013 FY2012
Honduras 32% 25% 30% 26% 23% 21% 17% 34% 30% 27%
Guatemala 47% 48% 45% 54% 45% 40% 45% 32% 37% 34%
El Salvador 13% 14% 18% 12% 27% 34% 29% 29% 26% 27%
Mexico 1% 6% 2% 3% <3% 3% 6% <2% 3% 8%
All other countries 7% 8% 5% <5% 3% 2% 3% <3% 5% 4%


Gender

The demographic breakdown in FY18 changed slightly from FY17 to reflect a small increase in male UC arrivals and decrease in female UC arrivals.

Year Males Females
FY2021 66% 34%
FY2020 68% 32%
FY2019 66% 34%
FY2018 71% 29%
FY2017 68% 32%
FY2016 67% 33%
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
FY2021 5,468 21,894
FY2020 1,913 15,160
FY2019 4,875 14,518
FY2018 3,641 14,088
FY2017 3,173 13,381
FY2016 3,540 10,546
FY2015 1,895 8,618

 

Length of Care

 The average length of time a UC remained in ORR care in FY2021 was 37 days.

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
37 102 62 60 48 38 34

 

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
FY2021 122,731
FY2020 15,381
FY2019 69,488
FY2018 49,100
FY2017 40,810
FY2016 59,170
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.

Current as of: