Ukrainians are the fastest-growing nationality to receive refugee status in the US

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Ukrainians are the fastest-growing nationality to receive refugee status in the US, growing from 3% in 2016 to 15% in 2019, The Washington Post reports.

Most Ukrainians come in under the Lautenberg Amendment, a 1989 law that allows historically persecuted groups in the former Soviet Union to emigrate to the US without having to demonstrate persecution.

Last year, most of the 4,551 Ukrainians who came as refugees were Protestants. Refugees interviewed by Post reporter Abigail Hauslohner largely cited economic reasons for leaving Ukraine.

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