Governments pledge to take in around 100,000 Syrian refugees

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Syrian Kurdish refugees cross into Turkey from Syria near the town of Kobani. UNHCR / I. Prickett

Western countries have pledged to increase the number of Syrian refugees they are accepting in the coming months, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

The agency made the announcement on Tuesday following a pledging meeting in Geneva.

The head of UNHCR, António Guterres said that 28 countries offered to resettle or admit more than 100,000 Syrians on humanitarian grounds.

"Of these, we had 66,254 firm concrete pledges but 11 of the countries announced that they are creating new programmes or that will be increasing the programmes already announced for 2014 without specifying a commitment but very clearly with indications that allow us to be pretty sure we will be above 100,000 resettlement and humanitarian mission opportunities." (29")

The ongoing conflict in Syria has forced approximately 3.2 million people to live as refugees in neighbouring countries.

UNHCR estimates that more than 10 per cent of them are individuals who are acutely vulnerable and need resettlement elsewhere.

They include survivors of torture, people with serious medical conditions or women who have been left alone with several children to care for and without family support.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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