UN says rich nations pledge to take 100,000 Syrian refugees

Syrian children wait to carry customers’ goods using wheelbarrows, in front of the Tazweed Center at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, December 7, 2014.

GENEVA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday that Western governments had heeded a call to take in more Syrian refugees from neighboring countries and estimated that, in all, more than 100,000 places would be offered in the coming months.

UNHCR, which wants to resettle 130,000 Syrians outside the region by the end of 2016, said the figure includes 62,000 places that have already been pledged by countries such as Germany and Sweden.

The outcome was criticized by aid agency Oxfam, which said Western states could have done more…

…Since 2013, Germany has pledged to take in 30,000 Syrians, Australia 5,600, Sweden 1,200 and Norway 1,000.

But many aid agencies including Oxfam, Refugee Council and Save the Children say wealthy nations should agree to take at least 5 percent of all Syrian refugees by the end of 2015…

  • tom_billesley

    Japan could take some, but they might be lynched in the aftermath of an earthquake.

  • Canadian

    Maybe next time…..

  • glasnost

    How about we accept the children. The less brainwashed the better.

    • tom_billesley

      That’d only have a chance of working if you first cleaned house by closing all mosques and madrassas and deporting all imams

  • Dana Garcia

    Saudi Arabia is “wealthy” in anybody’s book. Get on it, sheiks.

  • Crom Cenna

    They, muslim refugees, should be placed in the rich gulf arab states, no religious conflict, less language difficulties and less problematic cultural accommodation, less islam for “rich” Western states.

    • winniec

      Yep. We should pay the rich Arabs to take care of the refugees if need be, rather than bring them and their hatred to Canada. That way, they won’t stay in Canada. They’ll kick them out and send them home when the war’s over and it’ll be a shorter hop home.

  • winniec

    Let mega-rich SODDY BARBARIA take them ALL. They created Islam and created this mess. It’s their battle, their war, not ours! Let the barbarians shelter the barbarians.