Even if every single ISIS fighter in Syria and Iraq bailed on the movement to become a hidden refugee plan, it would be less than 1% of the 4 million refugees that have fled Syria.
The United States has taken in less than 2,000 Syrian refugees this year and although President Obama announced his government would take in at least 10,000 people, it is still a drop in the bucket in a crisis where millions are looking for resettlement.
The Pope, speaking to a Portuguese radio station about the migrant crisis, said Sicily is “just 400 kilometers from…an incredibly cruel terrorist group“, never specifically naming ISIS, which has spread its reign of terror through the Middle East.
Boulad said she was inspired to advocate for Syrians after images of a 3-year-old Syrian boy who washed ashore in Turkey surfaced earlier this month and wanted to capitalize on the attention it received. There is no way of knowing how many refugees are making their way to Europe on false papers.
“There are over a million Syrians in Lebanon there is no legitimate way of providing figures like that”, she stressed. “We traditionally are a country that has opened our borders to people who are seeking asylum from many countries, and we need to continue that”.
Britain has accepted 216 Syrian refugees over the past year and granted asylum to less than 5,000 since the conflict broke out in 2011 – far fewer than other European countries like France, Germany and Sweden. The only way to truly ensure Syrian children have a future – and to stop people wanting to risk their lives to get on a boat to Europe – is to end the war. Numerous refugees who have settled in other Mideast countries lack basic care.
“They are all dressed with something unified, uniform, vests”. In Lebanon, with the help of British aid money, Save the Children is running education projects and helping people to rehabilitate the tents and leaky garages they live in before winter hits.
“It’s as though all of Syria is emptying”, one refugee in Turkey told the Washington Post. They are instead trying to find new permanent homes in Europe.
Lebanon and Jordan have complained that their resources have been stretched to breaking point by the influx of refugees from Syria, and United Nations agencies have repeatedly appealed for aid from donors. The 10,000 the White House referred to in its announcement last week are already far along in the application process, the State Department said, and will be able to arrive next year. In Jordan, he toured the sprawling Zaatari camp, which houses almost 80,000 Syrian refugees. That insurgency, which now wears the face of the so-called Islamic State, terrorizes the people, beheads its prisoners and destroys the country’s antiquities.
There is a fierce debate in many Latin American countries over whether to accept some of the Syrian refugees who are flooding Europe in one of the world’s worst migration crises since World War II.
Time reports that the biggest states tend to be the ones that take on the most people, as seen in the list above.