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Hurricane Harvey: The Experiences of Immigrants Living in the Texas Gulf Coast

Introduction
  1. In this brief, immigrants are defined as adults who were born outside of the United States (including the island of Puerto Rico) and were living in the 24-county area at the time Hurricane Harvey hit.

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Section 1: A Profile of Immigrants in Harvey-Affected Texas Counties
  1. The counties included in each county grouping are: Harris County; Surrounding Harris: Liberty, Chambers, Galveston, Brazoria, Matagorda, Wharton, Colorado, Austin, Waller, Fort Bend, Montgomery, and Walker counties; Golden Triangle: Orange, Jefferson and Hardin counties; and Coastal: Nueces, San Patricio, Refugio, Aransas, Calhoun, Victoria, Jackson, and Lavaca counties.

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  2. Due to sample size, we are unable to report on findings for the subgroup of more recent immigrants who had lived in the United States fewer than 10 years.

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Section 2: How Were Immigrants Affected by Hurricane Harvey?
  1. This difference in reported home damage is at least partially due to where immigrants reside within the 24-county area, with immigrants being less likely than native-born residents to live in the Golden Triangle or Coastal County areas where residents reported the highest rates of Harvey-related home damage.

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