UN seeks to resettle thousands of Syrian refugees

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says it’s in talks for the U.S., Germany and several other European countries to take in thousands of Syrian refugees.

Agency spokesman Adrian Edwards says U.N. and government officials are discussing the temporary resettlement of about 10,000 of the 1.6 million registered refugees from Syria’s civil war.

Edwards told The Associated Press on Tuesday that “resettlement is only one of the tools we use, and tends to apply to a very small number of highly vulnerable individuals of any refugee population,” such as those fleeing political persecution.

He says the U.S. and Germany traditionally offer the biggest such help.

German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said his country has agreed to take in 5,000 Syrian refugees, but only a couple of hundred would gain a permanent home.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s