PRI's The World: 10/18/2013 (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt)

October 18, 2013

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Why Saudi Arabia turned down its seat at the United Nations security council. Also, why some immigrants who are US legal residents opt not to become citizens. Plus, how a German band caught the ear of a major label in New York.

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Citizenship? No thanks, I'll pass for now

Along with gaining the right to vote and the responsibility of serving on a jury, some studies show new citizens make clear economic gains as well. But not everyone buys it. Naturalization rates in the US are extremely low. Of the more than 8 million people with a US green card, less than 40 percent will go on to naturalize. That's nearly a third of the naturalization rate in our neighbor to the north, Canada.