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Recent Changes in Migration Movements and Policies: United States

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Permanent immigration to the USA rose again during the US Fiscal Year 2006 (1 October 2005 through 30 September 2006), with 1 266 000 people receiving lawful permanent residency status. This represents a 13% increase over FY (Fiscal Year) 2005 and the highest level since 1991. The increase mostly comprised humanitarian migrants, whose numbers increased sharply over the previous year from 143 000 to 216 000, and those migrating for family reunification, which rose from 649 000 to 803 000 ‐ mainly the unrestricted class of immediate family members. Admissions under the employment‐based preferences category, on the other hand, fell sharply from 247 000 to 159 000. The decline in employmentbased immigration was largely due to administrative delays rather than a drop in demand or a change in the caps. More than half of the employment‐based visas went to family members of the principal applicant.
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2008-09-01

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