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Citizenship and Immigration Services to open new refugee processing centers in Turkey, Qatar

Citizenship and Immigration Services is opening up two new field offices where agency personnel will process refugees from abroad. 

USCIS officials say the new centers are opening in Ankara, Turkey, and Doha, Qatar. And they’re meant to increase capacity for refugee processing and facilitate safe, lawful and orderly migration. 

The refugee admissions ceiling — or the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. within a fiscal year — was last set at 125,000 people. The agency says these new sites will help bolster and streamline that refugee processing system.

The centers will be housed in U.S. embassies. They are the latest of almost a dozen sites internationally.

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Alisa Reznick is a senior field correspondent covering stories across southern Arizona and the borderlands for the Tucson bureau of KJZZ's Fronteras Desk.