WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Fewer Iraqi refugees were admitted to the United States last month compared with July, said the U.S. State Department on Wednesday.
According to the department, a total of 2,183 Iraqi refugees entered the U.S. territory in August, compared 2,352 in July.
The U.S. government had planned to accept 12,000 Iraqi refugees in the current budget year due to end on Sept. 30, and the newly-announced August figure put the total number to 10,998, which means 1,002 refugees would have to be accepted in September.
However, the U.S. acceptance goal is left far behind that of Sweden, a country that has homed about 40,000 Iraqi refugees since2003, and Iraq's neighboring countries, including Syria and Jordan, that have taken millions.
The congress is considering a bill on the creation of a post at the White House to monitor the U.S. assistance to Iraqi refugees.