As political refugees, the Hmong sought a new life in the United States. They were resettled by church organizations such as Catholic Charities and Lutheran Social Service. Area churches sponsored Hmong families here in Wisconsin and other states in the U.S. Approximately 50,000 Hmong Americans now live in many communities across Wisconsin.
The latest phase of Hmong refugee resettlement in the U.S. took place between June 2004 and May 2006. More than 3,000 Hmong refugees were sponsored by their families or relatives in Wisconsin to reunite with them in the state.