Kerry: US to accept 85,000 refugees in 2016, 100,000 in 2017 Published: September 20, 2015 Associated Press
|US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, talks with a man injured in a bomb attack in Syria during a meeting with a group of refugees fleeing Syria, at Villa Borsig, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Berlin. |
BERLIN — Scrambling to address a growing Syrian refugee crisis, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Sunday that the United States would significantly increase the number of worldwide migrants it takes in over the next two years, though not by nearly the amount many activists and former officials have urged.
The U.S. will accept 85,000 refugees from around the world next year, up from 70,000, and that total would rise to 100,000 in 2017, Kerry said at news conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier after they discussed the mass migration of Syrians fleeing their civil war.