US Reaches Resettlement Goal for Syrian Refugees

by Edgar Hayes September 3, 2016, 4:09

Obama sought a sixfold increase in the Syrian refugees provided safe haven in the United States. The state has actually been accepting more refugees from Iraq, Congo and Somalia, with Bhutan and Burma close behind.

The milestone follows the arrival of 120 more refugees last week and comes ahead of the year anniversary of the refugee summit called by the First Minister.

UNHCR calls for increased efforts to provide Syrian refugees with additional safe and regular pathways for admission.

Last year, as Europe saw a massive influx of refugees, the Obama administration faced pressure to bring more Syrians to the US.

"More than a number, meeting this pledge ensures that 10,000 Syrian refugees who have lost so much during almost five and a half years of conflict have a chance to start over".

Among developed Western countries, the number of refugees received by the USA has always been decried as pitiful Germany, for example, has already received more than 1 million refugees.

Typically, refugees are resettled in cities where they have friends and family, or where an established community of immigrants already exists.

"We will do all we can to ensure refugees have happy and productive new lives in Scotland". And, that the U.S. and other 5 wealthiest countries host less than nine percent of the world's refugees combined.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has also insisted that the resettlement system is secure and had advocated for increasing the refugee intake.

In response, Oxfam America President Ray Offenheiser said: "We are very pleased to see that the United States has met its pledge to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year".

After a halting start, resettlement numbers began to rise this summer after the Obama administration committed more staff and resources, allowing them to meet their goal over a month early.

A Home Office spokesman said: "The UK has been at the forefront of the global response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria".

"We recognize that more needs to be done to help those who are besieged inside Syria; more has to be done to assist refugees; more has to be done to support Syria's neighbors, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey; and more has to be done to resolve this brutal conflict that has cost far too many lives and forced far too many people from their homes", he stated.

A group of 138 humanitarian organizations have sent a letter to President Obama urging the United States to do more to help refugees from Syria and other countries around the world.

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