Few Chechen immigrants make it to U.S.

April 19, 2013 7:36 PM

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Few Chechen immigrants make it to U.S.

The two known suspects in the Boston marathon bombing were naturalized U.S. citizens originally from Chechnya. But it's rare for Chechen men to be granted asylum in the USA.

There are probably fewer than about 200 Chechen immigrants in the United States, and most of them are settled in the Boston area, as many U.S. cities have refused to accept asylum applicants from the war-torn area of southern Russia, says Glen Howard, president of the Jamestown Foundation.

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