Refugee crisis: an insight from the US

Drapeau USSince 1975, the United States has welcomed 3 million refugees  from all over the world. The U.S. is rather hospitable to the refugees, especially with its policies helping the new immigrants. Nine U.S. Refugee Resettlement Agencies are helping the refugees settle into local areas, and the President of the U.S. offers the American nationality to new refugees each year.

Although the United States is ranked 14th of the countries that welcomed the most refugees, the refugees represent less than 1% of the US population. Despite this, the Syrian refugee crisis and conflicts in the Middle East have pushed Obama to consider welcoming more refugees, a process which will begin in 2017. The secretary of State John Kerry stated that the US will welcome 100 000 refugees a year, compared with the 70 000 this year. “We’ve had some years now to smooth the process and be ready for new populations, such as the Syrian refugees,” said Jeralda Hattar, director of immigration and refugee services at Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan.

The United States is an example to follow regarding the issue of refugees, as this country will continue to welcome them.

by Hugo B.