For this year (FY2014) the UNHCR is looking for commitments for 30,000.
So far, the only semi-official number we hear for the US is 2,000 for 2014, here. Although keep in mind that the refugee resettlement contractors recently testified in the Senate that they wanted 12,000-15,000 in 2014. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops was pushing for the highest number—15,000! Remember that the contractors are paid by the head by the US State Department for each refugee they resettle. And, keep in mind that none of the resettlement contractors have said a word about protecting Syrian Christians as a priority!On Friday, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees set a benchmark for 2015-2016. From Reuters:
GENEVA, February 21 |(UNHCR) - The UN refugee agency on Friday called upon countries around the world to make multi-annual commitments towards a goal of providing resettlement and other forms of admission for an additional 100,000 Syrian refugees in 2015 and 2016.
UNHCR had earlier called upon states to offer resettlement or other forms of admission to 30,000 of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees by the end of 2014. To date, 20 countries have offered more than 18,800*** places towards this goal. “UNHCR remains confident that the 30,000 goal will be met by the end of the year through a significant number of submissions to the United States,” spokesman Dan McNorton told journalists in Geneva.
UNHCR anticipates that, in the coming years, there will be increasing numbers of vulnerable Syrian refugees who will be in need of resettlement, relocation or other forms of humanitarian admission. “In light of the growing needs of the Syrian refugee population, the goal of 30,000 in 2014 represents only the first benchmark in securing solutions for this group,” said McNorton.
***Note that they are short by just about the same numbers the US resettlement contractors are lobbying for!
To give you some idea of how many other countries are taking, go here for a graph we posted earlier this month (Germany’s death wish!).
Concerned readers should contact your US Senators and Members of Congress to express your views on this next wave of mostly Muslims (chosen by the UN) and proposed for resettlement to your cities and towns. With Iraq, the open-borders contractors and lobbyists could argue that we caused the problems for Iraqis, not so this time! Ask your representatives why the Syrian civil war is our problem!