U.S. Immigration Statistics

September 13, 2004

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration Statistics issued its 2003 Yearbook which reports the following highlights:
– Legal immigration in 2003 (705,827) was lower than in 2002 (1,063,732).
– Sixty-three percent of all immigrants intended to reside in six states: California, New York, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, and Illinois.
– Refugee arrivals increased in 2003 by 5 percent to 28,306 after declining by 61 percent in 2001 to 2002 and the DHS naturalized 463,204 persons in 2003.
– The number of deportations increased almost 24 percent to more than 186,000.

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