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Clinton OKs the immigration of 80,000 refugees in 2001

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WASHINGTON — President Clinton has authorized legal entry into the United States for 80,000 refugees in fiscal 2001, including some from the former Yugoslavia and Soviet Union.

In a memo to the State Department on Friday, Clinton reduced the entry levels for European refugees by 10,000 and increased levels for African refugees by 2,000.

Under the new authorization, 37,000 refugees would be allowed in from Europe — 20,000 from the former Yugoslavia and 17,000 from the former Soviet Union.

Another 6,000 are allowed entry from East Asia; 20,000 from Africa; 10,000 from the Near East and South Asia; and 3,000 from Latin America and the Caribbean. Another 4,000 slots were not allocated.