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Refugees Under international law, a refugee is a person who is outside his/her country of nationality or habitual residence; has a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion; and is unable or unwilling to avail himself/herself of the protection of that country, or to return there, for fear of persecution. They are distinguished from economic migrants who have voluntarily left their country of origin for economic reasons.


Refugees and asylees approved in fiscal year 1996, by country, and refugee applicants approved during the 1980s.

Unaccompanied Minors

Department of Homeland Security Unaccompanied Alien Children Apprehensions 2016

Pew Hispanic report 2013

Pew Research report 2014: 12 and under; girls fleeing Honduras

Infoplease report Migrant Minors: FAQs, Facts, and Statistics


Unlawfully Present Aliens, Higher Education, In-State Tuition, and Finacnial Aid: Legal Analysis. By Kate M. Manuel. Congressional Research Service. 3/28/2014.

Unauthorized Alien Students: Issues and "DREAM Act" Legislation. Andorra Brono. Congressional Research Service. 6/19/2012.

Immigration Detainers: Legal Issues. Kate M. Manuel. Congressional Research Service. 10/6/2014

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): Frequently Asked Questions. Andorra Bruno. Congressional Research Service. 9/30/2014.

Unaccomplanied Alien Children: Potential Factor Contributing to Recent Immigraiton. William A. Kandel, et. al. Congressional Research Service.  7/2/2014.

Agricultural Guest Workers: Legislative Activity in the 113th Congress. Andorra Bruno. Congressional Research Service. 7/23/2013. 

In-State Tuition and Unauthorized Immigrant Students. 2/19/2014

Immigration: Policy Considerations Related to Guest Worker Programs. Andorra Bruno. Congressional Research Service. 3/16/2010.

Unauthorized Immigration Coverage. Pew Research Center. 2/4/2015