Obama: 50 countries to take in 360,000 refugees this year

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37422491

US President Barack Obama has announced a pledge by 50 nations to take in 360,000 refugees from war-torn countries this year.

He told the United Nations General Assembly that world leaders, notably Germany and Canada, have vowed to double the number from last year.

“We are facing a crisis of epic proportion,” Mr Obama said.

About 21 million refugees have been forced to flee their countries due to conflict or persecution, the UN says.

Nine million people alone have been displaced by the six-year conflict in Syria while more than four million others have fled the war-torn country.

“We cannot avert our eyes or turn our backs. To slam the door in the face of these families would betray our deepest values,” he added.

The US has agreed to take in 110,000 new refugees in the 2017 fiscal year – which begins on 1 October- compared with the 85,000 refugees it expects by the end of September.

Mr Obama used his eighth and final UN address as president to call for a “course correction” to ensure that extremism and violence does not drive countries into a more divided world.

“Together, now, we have to open our hearts and do more to help refugees who are desperate for a home,” he said.

Though he made no direct mention of the US, Mr Obama said wealthy countries with the resources should do more to help.

In what appeared to be a dig at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, he added: “The world is too small for us to simply be able to build a wall and prevent (extremism) from affecting our own societies.”

Hours earlier, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also expressed concern over the conflict in Syria, saying there was “no military solution”.

“Gulfs of mistrust divide citizens from their leaders. Extremists push people into camps of ‘us’ and ‘them’,” Mr Ban said, taking the world stage for the last time as secretary general.

“The Earth assails us with rising seas, record heat and extreme storms. And danger defines the days of many.”

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“Mr Obama used his eighth and final UN address as president to call for a “course correction” to ensure that extremism and violence does not drive countries into a more divided world.”

thats your legacy barry..a more divided world..

and of course there is no show without punch..the moon man..making sure we dont forget about the rising seas and droughts..blah blah blah..

401

~ by seeker401 on September 22, 2016.

8 Responses to “Obama: 50 countries to take in 360,000 refugees this year”

  1. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

  2. How about they create one country to take in 360,000 world leaders and politicians, preferably in the middle of a shark infested ocean.

    • i prefer on an atoll..one that is preferably sinking..because the atolls are sinking not seas rising..but thats another story!

      • They’re awfully beautiful, too good for them, however this one might be a good spot.🙂
        Bikini Atoll

        Bikini Atoll is famous for two things: First the bikini swimsuit was named after the atoll in 1946. Second, as part of the Pacific Proving Grounds it was the site of more than 20 nuclear weapons tests between 1946 and 1958. Today, the islands are safe to visit, and background radiation is now less than most large cities, but the soil still contains dangerous levels of radioactive material.

        Not sure I would trust that info, but they’re they ‘ones’ who said it.

  3. Trump will forge an alliance with Putin, stop funding & arming ISIS, Al Qaeda, & Syrian “rebels” (terrorists), and then the door-to-door sweep of ISIS members by the combined forces of the U.S., Russia, & (hopefully) China.
    With the obliteration of the jihad nation, the world powers can pull out of the Middle East & the U.S. can stop this “overthrowing governments” garbage…screw the IMF & screw the petrodollar. With the return of balanced trade & thus industry & jobs to the States, the U.S. can share reserve currency status with other currencies…there are more things to buy in the world than oil, you know. THEN, maybe, trade with the rest of the world can be balanced & BOTH sides can finally benefit from it (nobody but narcissistic, shekel-crazed oligarchs can benefit from imbalanced trade, and, even then, only for a limited time).
    With the end of the conflicts in the Mideast, the “refugees” can be returned home (willingly or at gunpoint, I really don’t care which)…and Trump will do so.
    Sorry, Israel…you will no longer be the only stable & modern nation in the Mideast. Once again, you will be surrounded, not by war-torn, chaotic countries that you infiltrate & manipulate at will, but by equals.
    You may even have to return Palestinian land, boo-hoo.
    We’re not afraid of your 200 nukes. Use them, and Israel & its people will cease to exist and, this time, forever.

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