Remarks made by Assistant Secretary Anne C. Richard of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration at a press roundtable hosted by U.S. Embassy Ankara on April 3rd, 2015, regarding the number of Syrian refugees taken in by the United States from Turkey, and the cases to be accepted have been erroneously reported by several media outlets.
Upon a question on the number of Syrian refugees taken by the United States from Turkey, Assistant Secretary Richard has noted that “the U.S. has taken a total of 5,624 refugees out of Turkey last year, including 664 Syrian refugees, as well as significant numbers of Iraqis, Iranians and Afghans.”
Sharing her expectation for this year and next, Richard said, “The number of Syrian refugees taken in by the U.S. would likely reach 1,000-2,000 before the end of September and there would be several thousand next year.”
Assistant Secretary Richard also noted that “the United States could take some of the most vulnerable cases, such as people with severe medical problems; people who have been traumatized; torture survivors who need specialized treatment to help recover; widows, and orphans”.
Respectfully announced to the public.