The US will take at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next fiscal year, which begins in October, following criticism from EU that Washington doesn't do enough. The announcement was made by White House spokesman Josh Earnest.
Syrian refugees. © Yannis Behrakis

Fewer than 1,500 Syrian refugees have been resettled in the US so far as Europe is facing tens of thousands running away from the conflict in the Middle East.

The US response to the Syrian refugee crisis has been criticized as "fumbling, feeble" by the chief of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), while the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) recommended the US take 17,000 Syrian refugees for resettlement.

In 2014, the US accepted only 132 Syrian refugees. Officials in Washington have previously said that the US would accept between 5,000 and 8,000 Syrian refugees over the next year. By contrast, Germany said it would take in 800,000 refugees this year.


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