Scotland takes in 1000th Syrian refugee

by Edgar Hayes September 3, 2016, 4:07

Scotland has taken in 1,000 Syrian refugees since a summit a year ago aimed at easing the worldwide humanitarian crisis.

The refugee program has been criticized by Republicans who fear terrorists could come into the country mixed with refugees, but officials say refugees being resettled in the US go through rigorous background checks.

This work has helped more than 1,000 refugees successfully settle in 29 local authorities since October 2015 - around a third of the refugees that have settled in the United Kingdom through the government's Syrian Resettlement Programme.

Once in the US, life for Syrian refugees can be hard, but much safer than it is back in Syria. The White House made the announcement that it had reached its goal earlier this week.

Previously, the US had accepted only about 2,000 Syrian refugees since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, including 1,682 in fiscal year 2015 alone.

Holly Johnson, who oversees refugee resettlement with Catholic Charities, says the figure is about what they expected.

In San Diego, the country's eighth largest city, 626 Syrian refugees have arrived since October 1, which is more than any other city in the US.

Obama sought a sixfold increase in the Syrian refugees provided safe haven in the United States.

Refugees: About 1000 have resettled in Scotland (file pic).

Refugee-resettlement experts had insisted at the time that the US resettlement program was secure and did not need an overhaul or a temporary fix.

The United States must be an example to other countries, particularly ahead of President Obama's summit and Bank ki Moon's Summit the day before, where nations from around the world will be called upon to pledge their support to refugees in urgent need of protection.

In February, a London conference co-hosted by the UK, Germany, Kuwait, Norway and the United Nations raised more than 12 billion USA dollars (£9 billion) in pledges - the largest amount raised in one day for a humanitarian crisis.

"We're disappointed that some Texas officials are wasting time and resources to re-litigate what a judge has already deemed to be unwarranted action to block Syrian refugees from entering the state", Sime said.

On Sept. 20, President Obama will host the Leaders' Summit on Refugees, a high-level event on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly to increase humanitarian assistance and create more long-term, durable opportunities for refugees, not just for the millions of Syrian refugees, but for those fleeing intense strife and persecution in all places.


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