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In the latest controversy over Syrians seeking refuge in Texas, the state’s top lawyer on Tuesday again asked a federal judge to halt the resettlement of people fleeing the war-torn country.
With migrant maritime arrivals the subject of major policy and public focus in the Mediterranean, the Bay of Bengal, and elsewhere, this Migration Policy Institute volume reviews the policy responses to irregular maritime arrivals at regional, national, and international levels.
As of September 2015, only 1,500 Syrian refugees had been accepted into the United States since the start of the Syrian War. This number represented .03 percent of the nearly 4 million refugees who had fled Syria since the conflict began in 2011, and stood in stark contrast to the 800,000 refugees that Germany pledged to take in. Under mounting pressure, the Obama administration announced in September that 10,000 Syrians will be allowed entry to the United States in 2016.
The Kanjous were one of the lucky families that made it through the screening process and were accepted as American refugees in September 2015. They, like many others, endured a long and arduous journey to get to U.S. soil. But they now face a new challenge: navigating a complex network of government and nonprofit organizations responsible for overseeing the refugee resettlement process.
The Syrian refugee exodus represents the gravest humanitarian crisis in a generation. Well over 4 million have fled, the vast majority of them women and children. The United States is the largest aid donor, but we must share the international burden and resettle many more Syrians in the U.S.
The cries of young children ring around the hospital as hundreds of patients, packed tightly together on wooden benches and surrounded by boxes of syringes piled high, wait to be seen.
Nurses shout to be heard as they rush through the dimly-lit corridors, past peeling, faded posters proclaiming 'Ebola is real!' and prompting people to 'Smile!' and 'Say Thanks!'
But the patients at Redemption Hospital in Liberia's capital Monrovia have had little to be happy about or thankful for in the wake of the world's worst Ebola outbreak, which has killed 11,300 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since 2013.
For students, global learning courses and activities have been nothing short of life-changing. For example, participation in an online global learning course inspired Florenciana Dominguez to learn more about the anti-human trafficking initiative at the International Rescue Committee where she now works full-time.