In the News / June 2016

Syrians are arriving but we hope to see more-USCRI

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June 20, 2016

Since Oct. 1, 2015, 2,805 Syrians have been resettled across the U.S., according to the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration’s latest figures, released after May 31, 2016. That’s almost 30 percent of the 10,000 goal.

It’s progress from last year, when only 1,682 Syrians were resettled in total, said Eskinder Negash, senior vice president at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.

More than one-third of all Syrian resettlements so far this fiscal year happened in May, meaning that similar figures in the summer months could bring the U.S. closer to its target.

“I’m hopeful that there will be some expedited processing and we’ll have a better number to show,” Negash said.

Most of the Syrians coming into the U.S. belong to the groups of people who left fairly early on, Negash said, since the security clearance that every refugee must undergo once they are approved for U.S. resettlement takes at least two years.

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