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June 3, 2014

See where California's 165,000 newest citizens were born

An additional 165,000 Californians were eligible to vote today by virtue of becoming naturalized U.S. citizens last year, according to new figures from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Last year marked the third consecutive annual rise in California naturalizations following a sharp drop due to the recession and increased fees related to becoming a citizen. Naturalized citizens generally have been permanent U.S. residents for at least five years, though there are a few different paths to citizenship.

California's newest citizens were born in more than 180 countries. Use this map to see their origins.

Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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