The UN’s refugee agency has welcomed the Ireland’s decision to resettle 220 refugees in 2015 and 2016, including many from war-torn Syria. The announcement, made in Geneva yesterday at a high-level UN meeting on resettlement of Syrian refugees, came as states began offering additional places over the next two years for those displaced by the crisis in Syria. “This is further proof of the Irish Government’s commitment to finding solutions for refugees around the world,” said UNHCR Ireland head of office Sophie Magennis. “Some 2.8 million people have fled Syria since the conflict began in 2011,” she said.
“On current estimates, that figure will rise to 4.1 million by the end of 2014. Another 6.5 million Syrians are internally displaced, meaning that half of Syria’s population has now been forced out of their homes.” Ms Magennis added that, as a result of this, the UNHCR anticipated that in the coming years there would be increasing numbers of vulnerable Syrian refugees in need of resettlement, relocation or other forms of humanitarian admission.
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