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Issue: "'To stay is to be killed'," Nov. 29, 2008

But a return to Iraq requires more protection from remaining militant groups, something dependent on continued U.S. military presence and a commitment to rebuilding broken communities. As Winter says, "No one wants to see Christian communities out of Iraq but to ask families to stay, that's more difficult."

Iraqi refugees to the US

Krieg Barrie

The United States asks nearly all Iraqi refugees to first apply through the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), an agency that may reject a refugee application or refer it to the U.S. departments of state and homeland security. But as this graph shows, of a cumulative total of over 34,000 cases referred by UNHCR to U.S. authorities-out of over 2 million refugees-only slightly more than 15,000 have been granted asylum to live in the United States-more than 12,000 coming in fiscal year 2008 alone.


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Mindy Belz
Mindy Belz

Mindy travels to the far corners of the globe as the editor of WORLD and lives with her family in the mountains of western North Carolina. Follow Mindy on Twitter @mcbelz.

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