Friday, 20 November 2015

Washington Post: 3 important facts about how the U.S. resettles Syrian refugees

Washington Post: 3 important facts about how the U.S. resettles Syrian refugees


Only two percent of the refugees are single males of combat age.

"The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees refers agencies to most countries, including the United States, the agency’s the biggest donor. One factor for consideration is whether a refugee already has family in the country. The United States has asked the UNHCR to prioritize refugees who are considered vulnerable – women with children, the elderly, people who have been tortured or who may require modern medical treatment they cannot easily get elsewhere. Half the accepted refugees so far have been children. A quarter are adults over 60. They are roughly 50/50 men and women, though there are slightly more men. Because of the criteria, many refugee families have women as the head of household, or live with multiple generations under one roof."

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