The United States expects to receive as many as 110, 000 refugees over
the course of the next year, according to an announcement that the White
House issued this past Wednesday. This proposal will be about a 30% increase
from the 85, 000 refugees that had been allowed in years prior.
The civil war in Syria, in addition to the struggles experienced in Afghanistan
and Iraq, have contributed to the rise in foreign nationals wishing to
seek refuge in the U.S.
According to the White House, estimates total the following numbers will
come from these regions:
- 40, 000 from South Asia and the Middle East
- 35, 000 from Africa
- 12, 000 from East Asia
- 5, 000 from Latin America and the Caribbean
- 4, 000 from Europe
Concerns had been voiced about the refugee program and if it would pose
a threat to national safety. This comes on the tails of the fact that
a large number of terrorist attacks had occurred in Europe in the past
year. Those involved in these attacks reportedly had some ties to or had
spent some time in Syria.
U.S. Safety Is the Number One Priority
Officials are in agreement that an extensive and thorough screening process
will take place with every refugee seeking to enter the U.S. The entire
process will last about a year, and there will be interviews with the
individual, biometric screening, and in-depth analysis of the person’s
The White House announcement is following in the footsteps of the address
that President Obama had made to admit 10, 000 Syrian refugees, which
was considered a somewhat lofty goal. Syria has experienced at least half
a million deaths in its civil war, with millions without a place to call
home. The U.S. has been prompting other countries to open their doors
and relieve some of the burdens that the refugee crisis has brought.
Filippo Grandi, a refugee agency chief for the United Nations, offered
the following statement: “[The U.S.] is by far the largest donor
government to refugee programs worldwide.”
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