The United States of America is a land of immigrants, and this has been true since the country’s inception. Throughout its history, people from all over the world have come to America in search of opportunity for themselves and their families. This article breaks down some common immigrant groups that you may not be familiar with–refugees. Refugees are people who leave their homes because they fear persecution based on race, religion, nationality or political opinion. Refugees often fall into other categories such as immigrants or asylum seekers.
Immigrants are people who leave their home country in order to live in another one. They may be legal or illegal immigrants and refugees can also fall into this category.
The difference between an immigrant and a refugee is that while both immigrate, only refugees have left their homes because of persecution. Refugees often come from areas where there is war or a natural disaster.
The United States has welcomed immigrants for centuries and there are many laws that help them become citizens, although this does not necessarily mean they will be granted citizenship if the quota is met. The same can be said of refugees who often have to wait years before being approved.