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    Obama Administration to Take in 30% More Refugees in 2017 Fiscal Year

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    US President Barack Obama's administration is planning to admit 110,000 refugees in the 2017 fiscal year in comparison with 85,000 in 2016 and 70,000 in 2015, according to media reports.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — US President Barack Obama's administration plans to increase the number of refugees admitted to the United States in the 2017 fiscal year starting on October 1, almost by one third, media reported.

    The incumbent administration is planning to admit 110,000 refugees in the 2017 fiscal year in comparison with 85,000 in 2016 and 70,000 in 2015, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing an annual refugee report to the US Congress.

    According to the report, the United States is expected to admit at least 40,000 from the Near East and South Asia region, which includes Syria, and some 35,000 from Africa.

    According to the newspaper, 1995 was the year, when the US presidential administration announced plan to accept the comparable number of refugees.

    On September 20, Obama is expected to host the Leaders' Summit on Refugees on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. His co-hosts will be government representatives from Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, Jordan, Mexico and Sweden.

    The world is currently beset by a major refugee crisis as hundreds of thousands migrants flee their home countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The majority of refugees are arriving in EU member states, but thousands of them try to apply for asylum in the United States.


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