U.S. Increases Numbers Of Refugee Resettlement To 100,000
The United States will increase the numbers for refugee resettlement in the course of 2016-2017, Secretary of State, John Kerry, announced in Berlin on Sept. 20. The government is now going up to 85,000 with at least 10,000 over the next year from Syria. And in 2017, the government will target 100,000 with the possibility to do more if the government can, Secretary Kerry said.
The state secretary outlined that that after the 9/11 tragedy, the government has set up new laws and new requirements involving security background checks of refugees that the U.S. is taking. “It takes longer than one would like and we cannot cut corners with respect to those security requirements,” Kerry outlined. Nevertheless, he is optimistic that the current security checks conducted by the government “is in keeping with the best tradition of America as a land of second chances and a beacon of hope, and it will be accompanied by additional financial contributions to the humanitarian effort not only from our government but from the American people,” the secretary said.
Kerry has also outlined the country’s tough stance to eliminate the root cause of the sudden in flux of refugees – the ISIS. “As we’ve said many times and we reaffirmed today in our discussions, there is no military solution. It requires a political solution, and the way forward has always been trying to find the common ground with respect to that,” Kerry told press.
“We have put together an over 60-nation coalition to degrade and ultimately defeat Daesh (ISIS) wherever it exists… it would be just as impossible for Daesh or any other violent extremist group, it would be impossible for any of us to conceive of any way in which they should be allowed or possibly come close to governing,” Kerry stressed.
On Sept. 18, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for refugees, Adrian Edwards, said that more than 442,440 refugees and migrants have arrived this year. Two thousand nine hundred twenty-one of these refugees have died. Meanwhile, Greek islands are seeing as much as 4,000 people arriving every day.
“The suffering and risks for thousands of refugees and migrants are meanwhile increasing as uncertainty and a lack of information fuels desperation, raises the likelihood of further incidents, and stokes hostility towards people who have fled persecution and conflict and are in need of help,” Mr. Edwards said.