Foreign nationals on Charley

Writing up some cases for some foreigners who disappeared within the United States, I was inspired to go and see just how many foreign nationals were listed as missing on the Charley Project. I found 146 people from 69 different countries. I daresay there are probably a lot more than that, but I only included cases I was sure of. I did have to guess a few times as to the person’s nation of origin — for instance, the Holocaust survivor who speaks fluent Polish and Yiddish is probably from Poland, etc.

The numbers seem to align with American immigration patterns. The best-represented, unsurprisingly, was Mexico, with 19 people. Germany was an unexpected second, with 12 people, followed by Canada with 8 people. Altogether there were 18 people from South and Central America, 13 from the Caribbean, 36 from Asia, 48 from Europe, 3 from the Middle East, 2 from Africa and 2 from the South Pacific.

I realize this does not equal 146. Clearly I made a mistake counting somewhere, but I’m too lazy to fix it.

I’m a little bored. Can you tell?

3 thoughts on “Foreign nationals on Charley

  1. Kelly July 28, 2009 / 12:43 am

    Ha! yep, you must be! Me too! Had surgery on Friday, home yesterday and kids are driving me nuts. Am surfin the web and thought I would check to see what scintillating thoughts you had posted….Ummm, ok, not so scintillating today..

    Dontcha hate it when you feel dull and puny?

  2. Penny July 28, 2009 / 12:32 pm

    No Australians?

    • Meaghan July 28, 2009 / 1:41 pm

      None that I could find. There was one New Zealander and one from Fiji — those are the “south Pacific” ones I mentioned.

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