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Our March Recommended Reading is devoted to promoting awareness about immigrants and refugees, their challenges as well as their valuable contributions.
What is an immigrant?
An immigrant is someone who chooses to resettle to another country.
What is a refugee?
A refugee is a person who is unable or unwilling to return to his or her country of nationality because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
According to the U.S. Department of State, in 2013, 69,909 refugees were admitted to the United States. The leading countries of nationality for refugee admissions were Iraq (28 %), Burma (23%), Bhutan (13%), and Somalia (11 %). Other leading countries included Cuba, Iran, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan.
What is a lawful permanent resident (LPR) or “green card” recipient?
This is defined by immigration law as a person who has been granted lawful permanent residence in the United States. In 2013, a total of 990,553 persons became Lawful Permanent Resident Status of the United States. The leading countries of birth of new LPRs were Mexico (14%), China (7.2%), and India (6.9%).
You can find these materials on our Recommended Reading display rack on the Plaza Level of the library. Please borrow and enjoy them!