Venezuelans lead in US asylum requests as crisis deepens
Published February 12, 2017 FoxNews.com
FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2014 file photo, demonstrators holding a Venezuelan flag protest what they call Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor and Venezuela native Gustavo Dudamel's failure to speak out against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, outside Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles. (AP)
New data shows Venezuelans are leading asylum requests to the United States for the first time, as the middle class in the country are fleeing the crashing, oil-dependent economy.
The U.S. government's Citizenship and Immigration Services reported that 18,155 Venezuelans submitted asylum requests last year, a 150 percent increase over 2015 and six times the level seen in 2014.
Data showed China in second place, with 17,745 requests coming from the country’s citizens.
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