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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 19, 2002

Memorandum for the Secretary of State

September 17, 2002

SUBJECT: FY 2003 Refugee Admissions Consultations

In accordance with section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), you are authorized to consult with the appropriate committees of the Congress concerning refugee admissions as follows:

1.    The authorization of 70,000 refugee admissions during FY 2003, to be allocated by specific region as follows:
Africa 20,000
East Asia 4,000 (including Amerasians)
Latin America/Caribbean 2,500
Near East/South Asia 7,000
Former Soviet Union 14,000
Eastern Europe 2,500
Unallocated Reserve 20,000

2.    The authorization of an additional 10,000 refugee admissions numbers to be made available for the adjustment to permanent resident status of persons who have been granted asylum in the United States;

3.    The designation, pursuant to section 101(a)(42)(B) of the INA, of persons in Cuba, Vietnam, and the former Soviet Union, who, if they otherwise qualify for admission as refugees, may be considered refugees under the INA even though they are still within their country of nationality or habitual residence.


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