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A Look at Refugee Situation Around U.S.

By The Associated Press
Snapshots of states taking in refugees from Hurricane Katrina:

TEXAS: More than 230,000 refugees are already in Texas. Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday ordered emergency officials to initiate an airlift to take some of them to other states that have offered help.

LOUISIANA: The Red Cross says more than 50,000 refugees were in its shelters. Tens of thousands of hurricane survivors were bused to Texas.

ARKANSAS: Gov. Mike Huckabee says Arkansas likely had 50,000 evacuees in the state as of Friday and another 20,000 could be expected.

TENNESSEE: Gov. Phil Bredesen says nearly 13,000 refugees were being sheltered and that number could double. More than 10,000 people have gone to Memphis, about 350 miles north of New Orleans.

MISSISSIPPI: More than 17,000 were in American Red Cross shelters, while untold others were in hotels, churches and private homes.

ALABAMA: Gov. Bob Riley is seeking to offer housing for 10,000 refugees.

MICHIGAN: The state has offered to house up to 10,000 refugees, a spokeswoman for Gov. Jennifer Granholm says.

NEW MEXICO: Up to 6,000 hurricane victims may find shelter in New Mexico. Gov. Bill Richardson said the first 1,000 evacuees will be housed at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

SOUTH CAROLINA: U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn proposed housing up to 5,000 refugees in unused military barracks, an empty mall and other large buildings in Columbia.

MINNESOTA: Gov. Tim Pawlenty says Minnesota is preparing to host as many as 5,000 evacuees for a year or longer.

OKLAHOMA: Buses carrying nearly 2,000 evacuees arrived in Oklahoma on Saturday. As many as 3,000 others are expected to follow.

NORTH CAROLINA: Authorities say they are ready to house up to 1,500 evacuees at shelters.

FLORIDA: More than 1,100 people were in seven shelters, along with 13,500 refugees in hotels.

ARIZONA: One thousand or more refugees were expected to arrive sometime Sunday.

COLORADO: Up to 1,000 refugees will be housed at dorms at the former Lowry Air Force base.

OREGON: State officials are working to accommodate up to 1,000 people.

GEORGIA: State officials have opened 12 shelters housing more than 900 evacuees, Gov. Sonny Perdue says.

MISSOURI: The American Red Cross has housed more than 500 people, says Susie Stonner, a spokeswoman for the State Emergency Management agency.

WEST VIRGINIA: The first of an expected 500 refugees began arriving late Saturday.

ILLINOIS: Authorities were aware of 400 to 500 refugees in the state.

UTAH: About 450 refugees had arrived in Salt Lake City by Sunday.

CALIFORNIA: About 80 evacuees were expected to arrive Sunday in San Diego. Some 300 families were expected in San Francisco and another 100 in San Jose, emergency officials said.

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