US Will Take 110K More Refugees, White House Says
Saving the best news for last, before Obama leaves office.
The Obama administration announced Wednesday that the U.S. will accept 110,000 international refugees starting in 2017.
“The United States is deeply committed to assisting some of the world’s most vulnerable refugees through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program,” the State department said in a statement.
The US had previously committed to taking 85,000 displaced people, making this new commitment a major step forward for country which has largely stayed cold when it comes to welcoming refugees. For comparison, Germany will take in 800,000 refugees.
The US accepted 70,000 refugees in 2015.
This increase in international refugees gives hope that the U.S. is getting closer to stepping up to help some of the 4.8 million Syrian refugees displaced by brutal ongoing conflict.
The president’s announcement comes ahead of two global discussions on the refugee crisis.
The United Nations General Assembly will host a Summit for Refugees and Migrants on Monday. High-level world leaders like Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, and Goodwill ambassador and Yazidi genocide sex slavery survivor Nadia Murad will discuss international action, root causes, and the current state of the refugee crisis.
The following day Obama will host a Leader’s Summit on Refugees with Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, Jordan, Mexico, and Sweden to appeal to governments to do more for refugees.
Both events are stepping stones to get the world to do more for vulnerable populations of refugees and migrants around the world, and a time to share your voice on what needs to be done.