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Kosovo refugees in the United States: Putting the numbers in perspective
The United States plans to take in 20,000 refugees from Kosovo in the coming months. How does that compare with earlier refugee crises?
- In 1957, the U.S. accepted 38,000 refugees fleeing Communist Hungary after the abortive revolution.
- In the 10-week period following the fall of Saigon in April 1975, close to 135,000 Vietnamese and 5,000 Cambodian refugees entered the U.S., the largest sudden refugee influx in U.S. history.
- Between April 1975 and December 1980, the United States welcomed a total of 448,000 Indochinese refugees.
- In a five-month period starting April 21, 1980, some 125,000 Cuban refugees came to the United States on the "freedom flotilla." The flow ended after Fidel Castro closed the harbor at Mariel.
Source: IRC annual reports 1974-1980