U.S. to welcome 5,000 to 8,000 Syrian refugees

A Syrian refugee man carries a child upon their arrival onboard the Eleftherios Venizelos passenger ship at the port of Piraeus near Athens, Greece, August 24, 2015. (Reuters)

The United States expects to accept between 5,000 and 8,000 Syrian refugees in 2016, officials said Monday.

State Department spokesman John Kirby also said 15,000 Syrian refugees have been referred to the U.S. for resettlement by the U.N. refugee agency.

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In December, Washington had said it had received 9,000 referrals from the U.N.

It had also previously said it would admit between 1,000 to 2,000 Syrian refugees in fiscal year 2015, and increase that number by a few thousand in fiscal year 2016.

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