WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. plans to admit 70,000 asylum-seeking refugees in 2013, according to the annual presidential memorandum on the subject.
The new threshold represents 6,000 fewer admissions, down from 76,000 for 2012.
The majority of reductions are in the allocations for refugees from the Near East/South Asia region, reduced by 4,500, and East Asia, reduced by 1,000.
The remaining 500 reduction is taken from the allocation for the Latin America/Caribbean category.
Refugees will be admitted to the United States in 2013 with federal resettlement assistance under the Amerasian immigrant admissions program.
The allocations are divided regionally with a reserve set aside for evolving needs.
In 2013, 31,000 refugees will be admitted from the Near East/South Asia region, 17,000 from East Asia, 12,000 from Africa, 5,000 from the Latin America/Caribbean region, and 2,000 from Europe and Central Asia, with a 3,000 unallocated reserve.
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