Handy little report from Homeland Security on Refugee and Asylees admitted to the US in 2008

Here are the opening paragraphs of the report, dated June 2009:

The United States provides refuge to persons who have been persecuted or have a well-founded fear of persecution through two programs: one for refugees (persons outside the U.S.) and one for asylees (persons in the U.S.). This Office of Immigration Statistics Annual Flow Report provides information on the number of persons admitted to the United States as refugees or granted asylum in the United States in 2008.

A total of 60,108 persons were admitted to the United States as refugees during 2008 (see Figure 1). The lead ing countries of nationality for refugees were Burma, Iraq, and Bhutan. During 2008, 22,930 individuals were granted asylum, including 12,187 who were granted asylum affirmatively by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and 10,743 who were granted asylum defensively by an immigration judge during removal proceedings. The leading countries of nationality for persons granted asylum were China, Colombia, and Haiti.

Read the report (it is only 6 pages) and see who was admitted to America last year.

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