The U.S. is slated to receive at least 10,000 Syrian refugees within the next year. Over the past few weeks, President Obama decided to raise the number of refugees accepted by the United States from less than 2,000 to 10,000.
Stephen Bauman, president of World Relief, an evangelical agency active in refugee resettlement, says that American churches are ready to accept Syrian refugees with open arms. Bauman, along with Secretary of State John Kerry, advocated for the resettlement of an additional 100,000 refugees within the next few years. While the current number accepted by the United States is relatively small compared to the amount accepted by European countries, the decision by the Obama Administration constituted a major shift in U.S. policy. This fiscal year, the United States is set to accept approximately 70,000 refugees
Currently, there are 10 non-profit organizations in the United States involved in the resettlement process. Many are church affiliated and each receives funding from the U.S. government.
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