Serious conflicts around the world have caused a massive global refugee crisis. The next President will make crucial decisions affecting how welcoming the United States will be to these refugees in the near future, and how helpful the US will be to other countries dealing with the crisis. Countries closest to the crisis in the Middle East in particular are overwhelmed by the sheer number of refugees in need, and America's decision will impact the future of people's lives around the world.
The number of global refugees after 2014 was estimated to be 60 million, with nearly 5 million coming from Syria alone. In 2015, the U.S. resettled about 70,000 refugees. President Obama has proposed increasing that number, aiming for 100,000 in 2017. That plan would also pay special attention to Syrian refugees, letting in at least 10,000 per year. To give some perspective, during the last fiscal year, the Unites States only resettled 1,682 Syrian refugees.
Refugees are fleeing Syria and the Middle East right now because of violent conflicts there, including ISIS gaining ground in Syria and Iraq. Some Americans are worried that allowing refugees into the country will risk our national security, while others argue that banning refugees would be immoral, and will only increase hatred of America around the world.
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