#RefugeesWelcome: U.S. Admits 10,000 Syrian Refugees This Year

Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a statement on the United States reaching President Obama's stated goal of increasing the number of Syrian refugees permitted to resettle in the United States through the U.S. Refugee Admission Program. 

Secretary Kerry noted, "A year ago, President Obama set the goal of welcoming at least 10,000 of the most vulnerable refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria to the United States. Today, by committing additional resources to our refugee admissions process and maintaining our rigorous screening process and commitment to the security of the American people, we have reached that goal. Since 1975, over 3.2 million refugees have joined the fabric of American society, each one making us a stronger, more pluralistic society."

The United States has admitted 10,000 Syrian refugees this year while maintaining a rigorous screening process and committment to the security of the American people. #RefugeesWelcome. [AP Photo/State Department Graphic]  

Emphasizing the importance of interagency and international partners, Secretary Kerry expressed his gratitude for the State Department's collaboration with the United States Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, the United Nations (UN) Refugee Agency, the International Organization for Migration, and volunteer groups that help refugees. Secretary Kerry noted that these organizations are front and center in the campaigns to resettle refugees from Syria and to address the current crisis –- the worst humanitarian catastrophe since World War II.

In addition to resettling some of the most vulnerable refugees, Secretary Kerry highlighted ways in which the State Department and the U.S. government has focused on providing humanitarian assistance and protection to refugees in the places to which they have fled, so they can return home when the conflict ends. Secretary Kerry stated, "That is why we have been working so hard with the International Syria Support Group and the United Nations to find an end to this conflict through diplomacy; and that is why we have made such a large commitment to humanitarian assistance in Syria and the region -- nearly $5.6 billion so far -- helping the millions of Syrian refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in the region."

Secretary Kerry also acknowledged, "...more needs to be done to help those who are besieged inside Syria; more has to be done to assist refugees; more has to be done to support Syria’s neighbors, Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey; and more has to be done to resolve this brutal conflict that has cost far too many lives and forced far too many people from their homes."

Secretary Kerry closed his statement with a reminder that on September 20, President Obama will host the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees -– a high-level event on the margins of the UN General Assembly to increase humanitarian assistance and create more long-term, durable opportunities for refugees -– not just for the millions of Syrian refugees, but for those fleeing intense strife and persecution in all places. 

For More Information:

  • See the statement by National Security Advisor Susan Rice on Syrian refugee admission into the United States.
  • Learn more about the U.S. humanitarian commitment to assisting Syrian refugees at www.state.gov/refugeeresponse and www.aidrefugees.gov.
  • Visit www.wrapsnet.org for statistical and other information on the United States Refugee Admissions Program. 
  • Watch a video about State Department employees who as former refugees are now supporting the U.S. government efforts to assist refugees.



John G.
Maryland, USA
September 2, 2016
We must help these refugees gain resettlement here in peaceful locations. After doing some reading I found that Fruitport Township in Michigan would be an ideal place for resettlement but due to the far right conservative views of the towns leadership federal help is needed to assist the people in resettling to a new life. Immigrants have resettled well in Dearborn Michigan and this could be another chance to bring suffering families over who need settlement . Please investigate this and whatever political resistance against resettlement to this township the towns leaders have. Perhaps a compromise can be made? Sincerely John Gee A concerned citizen and humanitarian
Jerome S.
United States
September 7, 2016
It was the US/British "regime change" policy which created such havoc in Syria and throughout the region. We are morally responsible for the consequences, and we should accept the refugees, but more importantly, we should stop creating more of them.
Susan M.
Maryland, USA
September 8, 2016
I agree, however, where are the Christian Syrian refugees in all of this?
Patrick W.
Maryland, USA
September 17, 2016
" Pluralistic Society " ; is that a real word ? One Society sounds better ! I don't think many people understand what " Pluralistic " means. LOL....... We all make this (One Great Country) ; not the one's that like standing alone ! :)
A photo of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. [State Department Photo]
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