You've likely heard about the influx of unaccompanied children from Central America coming to the U.S. to escape the violence in their home countries. If this is an unusually high number of refugees, how many refugees normally come to the U.S. each year? Fortunately, the Office of Refugee Resettlement within the Administration for Children and Families keeps statistics on the numbers of refugees by their home country and by the state where they're initially resettled. Its site includes data from 2000 through 2012 and links to more recent data from the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration:
Obviously, Tom Petty was wrong. Lots of people do have to live like a refugee.