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Migrants From Muslim Countries Big Beneficiaries Of US Green Cards
by Rachel Stoltzfoos
The United States issues 680,000 green cards to migrants from Muslim countries every five years, awarding the chance to live in the United States permanently and apply for citizenship by the tens of thousands to the top receiving Muslim countries of Pakistan, Iraq and Bangladesh.
More Pakistani migrants (13,251) to the United States were awarded green cards in 2013 than migrants from the United Kingdom (12,984), the latest available Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data shows. Three times as many migrants from Iraq obtained green cards in that same year than from Italy. About three times as many migrants from Iran were given green cards in 2013 than from France.
A whopping 12,099 migrants from Bangladesh also obtained green cards in 2013, and in 2012 and 2013 the U.S. awarded green cards to nearly 30,000 migrants from Iraq.
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