In June 2013, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) issued its International Migration Outlook report for 2013. The report contains summaries of changes in immigration in the 34 member countries of the OECD including the US. The US is not only the most populous country in the OECD, it is also the one that is home to the greatest immigrant population.
Over 40m (40.4m) current American residents in 2011 were foreign-born. This amounts to 13% of the total population. The OECD reports that the number of family and employment based visas granted in 2011 fell, as did the number of asylum claims but the number of refugees and the number of diversity-visa immigrants rose.
The diversity immigrant visa program is also known as The Green Card Lottery. Each year, 55,000 US permanent resident visas (colloquially known as green cards) are distributed in the green card lottery to applicants from countries with historically low levels of migration to the US.
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