US To Admit 12,000 Iraqi Refugees

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Some 12,000 Iraqi refugees will be admitted to the United States over the next year as efforts to end long delays processing referrals from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees begin to take effect, government officials told reporters this morning.

The new target means that 18% of the 70,000 refugees expected to be admitted to the United States next year will come from Iraq, and would represent a significant increase in the number and pace of Iraqis being admitted, according to the officials from the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security.

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