UN calls for countries to accept 100,000 Syrian refugeesListen /
The UN refugee agency is asking countries to let in 100,00 Syrians from next year. The agency anticipates that in the coming years there will be increasing numbers of vulnerable Syrian refugees who will need to be resettled or relocated. From Geneva Claire Doole reports.
As the conflict in Syria deepens and the violence worsens, the UN refugee agency expects growing numbers of Syrians to seek safety in neighbouring countries. More than 2.4 million Syrians have so far fled the country's civil war – living as refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. The UN agency is calling on the international community to show solidarity with these host countries and offer admission to 100,00 Syrians in 2015 and 2016.
It has already set a target of 30,000 admissions of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees by the end of 2014. So far 20 countries, mostly European, have offered more than 18,000 places. And the UNHCR hopes the United States will make up the numbers.
It says countries can offer student scholarships, organise medical evacuations for those with life threatening conditions or take in refuges under its resettlement programme.
Claire Doole UN Radio Geneva.