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US shatters record for Iraqi refugee admissions

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The United States has to admit more endangered Iraqi minorities, such as Christians, into the country. The Iraqi Christians have been facing unprecedented persecution following the invasion of that country by United States in 2003.

08/01/2008 Iraq (IHT)-The United States allowed in more than 2,300 Iraqi refugees last month, setting a record and putting the Bush administration on pace to surpass its goal of accepting 12,000 by the end of September.

The State Department said Friday that 2,352 Iraqi refugees had arrived in the country in July, shattering the previous monthly record of 1,721 from June.

The 12,000 target is still far lower than the number admitted by other countries and only a small slice of the some 2 million Iraqis who have fled to neighboring countries since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003. Sweden , for example, has granted asylum to about 40,000 since 2003.

Advocacy groups and lawmakers have criticized the U.S. for its poor performance on Iraqi refugees but over the past several months, the administration has rapidly increased the number it has allowed in, breaking admissions records in April, May, June and now July.

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