Rohingya Muslims Welcome In The U.S.
The government is looking for ways to resettle the most vulnerable of the Rohingya refugees, Marie Harf, deputy spokesperson, told press Wednesday. The government is also willing to render financial assistance in establishing additional reception centers and protection screening procedures as per request from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or UNHCR or the International Organization for Migration or IOM.
More than 1,000 Rohingya Muslims settled in U.S.
“We’re prepared to take a leading role in any UNHCR-organized multi-country effort to resettle the most vulnerable refugees,” Harf told press.
Harf said that since Oct 1 2014, the U.S. has settled more than 1,000 Rohingya.
“I’d note that more than a thousand Rohingya have already been resettled to the U.S. so far this fiscal year, and we’re also providing assistance this year. We’ve provided nearly 109 million in humanitarian assistance for vulnerable Burmese since the beginning, again, of this fiscal year,” she said.
Indonesia and Malaysia agreed for temporary resettlement
Meanwhile, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken lauded both Malaysia and Indonesia for agreeing to take in the Rohingya temporarily for a year.
“We deeply appreciate the leadership that Indonesia’s shown in helping to save lives on the seas and to bring people in to Indonesia safety… Indonesia’s shown great generousity in literally saving many of these people from the dangers of the sea,” Blinken told press in Indonesia.
Blinken, however, emphasized that the government in Myanmar shall own up to its responsibility to improve the conditions of the Rohingya Muslims. This is the most essential step in order for the refugees not to leave the country, sail at sea and put themselves in the hands of human traffickers.
“I suggested earlier we will be talking directly to the government in Myanmar about its own responsibilities to improve conditions… the only sustainable solution to the problem is changing the conditions that let them put their lives at risk at the first place, and that is one of the things we’ll be talking about tomorrow with the government in Myanmar,” Blinken said.
Blinken is set to meet with Myanmar counterparts on Thursday.
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