The US will take at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next fiscal year, which begins in October, following criticism from EU that Washington doesn’t do enough. The announcement was made by White House spokesman Josh Earnest. Fewer than 1500 Syrian refugees have been resettled in the US so far as Europe is facing hundreds of thousands running away from the conflict in the Middle East.
The US response to the Syrian refugee crisis has been criticized as “fumbling, feeble” by the chief of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), while the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) recommended the US take 17,000 Syrian refugees for resettlement. “The administration is actively considering a range of approaches to be more responsive to the global refugee crisis, including with regard to refugee resettlement,” Peter Boogaard, spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said Monday. FULL REPORT