Syrian refugees run for cover from snow during a winter storm in Zahle town. File photo
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Geneva, Switzerland – The United Nations refugee agency revealed that Western governments demonstrated the intention to receive more Syrian refugees from neighboring countries, estimating that more than 100,000 residency permits will be offered to those refugees soon.
Countries like Germany and Sweden have reportedly pledged places for an estimated 60,000 Syrian refugees, according to the UNHCR.
The UNHCR intends to resettle around 130,000 Syrian refugees in the West by 2016.
More than 3.2 million Syrians have registered as refugees in neighboring countries, including Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
Recently, Syria’s neighbors imposed security restrictions on their borders to prevent further influx of refugees.
“Today 28 countries expressed their solidarity with the Syrian refugees and with the five neighboring countries that are sheltering them – Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt – offering what we estimate will be more than 100,000 opportunities for resettlement and humanitarian admission,” U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said in a press conference.
Reporting by: Lorin Silo
Source: ARA News