Syria Refugee Quotas in Another 17 Countries - UNHCR
As Bulgaria struggles to cope with increasing numbers fleeing the conflict in Syria, seventeen countries including the United States, France and Australia have agreed to receive quotas of refugees.
“So far, UNHCR has 17 countries participating in the Syria resettlement/Humanitarian Admission Programme effort," Peter Kessler, regional spokesman for the UN refugee agency UNHCR, told AFP.
"They are offering about 10,000 places (in total), with some programmes mainly aimed at the 2014 calendar year," he added.
The decision comes amid criticism of some Western nations for failing to share the burden created by the exodus of at least two million people from Syria.
Under the agreement, the UNHCR will assess refugees for relocation to the 17 host countries, giving priority to the most vulnerable, Kessler said.
"Vulnerability is based on various issues," he said, and includes people with disabilities, single-headed households and victims of sexual or other forms of abuse.
How many refugees each of the 17 countries will receive has not yet been decided, though reports in France have said it will take just 1,200 people.
Bulgaria is the gateway to the European Union for refugees fleeing Syria via Turkey, many crossing the border illegally to seek asylum.
It now receives up to 100 mainly Syrian refugees a day - a sharp increase on the four per month arriving a year ago.
Bulgarian officials said on Wednesday that 2,377 migrants had been detained on its border in September alone.
Does Merkel still think there are Arbeitslagern in the East where she can palm off those she doesn't want to see in the Vaterland? The EU is going to have to do a LOT better than that to relieve the pressure on BG and Greece from the flood of fortune-seekers and jihadis masquerading as refugees....