US to Raise Quotas for Refugees in FY 2016, Allow 10,000 Syrians

September 21, 2015 6:26 AM

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US to Raise Quotas for Refugees in FY 2016, Allow 10,000 Syrians

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States will resettle at least 85,000 refugees in fiscal 2016, which begins October 1, including a minimum of 10,000 Syrians. Kerry also warned Russia its military presence in Syria risks attracting more extremists and hinders the potential for a resolution to the nearly five-year conflict.

Speaking Sunday in Berlin, Kerry said the United States will significantly increase the numbers for refugee resettlement in the course of the next year, and the following year. Kerry said the number will go up from about 70,000 in the year ending September 30 to at least 85,000 in fiscal 2016, inclu...

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