Senators Tom Kaine (D-VA) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) spoke to Alhurra’s Congressional Correspondent Rana Abtar about the debate regarding Syrian refugees in the United States. In separate interviews both Senators, who are members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke about the strenuous vetting process for all refugees including Syrians. Sen. Kaine said, “we’ve actually added more steps to the process if they are a refugee from Syria.” While Sen. Menendez pointed out that most of the Syrian refugees are women, children and families, stating, “these are families, fleeing persecution, going through the most stringent background check.”

Alhurra Focuses the Spotlight on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

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Alhurra Television takes a candid and in-depth look at the Syrian refugee crisis with a former UNHCR Manager of the Zaatari Camp in Jordan and Syrians refugees living in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. During the hour-long discussion on Special Report, Kilian Kleinschmidt, who worked as a former UNCHR camp manager told the audience that only about 17 percent (or 100,000) of the Syrian refugees in Jordan are living in camps. He said that even though the UNHCR provides aid, it is still very difficult living conditions.

RFE/RL Marks World Refugee Day

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The decision to leave home, community and possessions behind in order to flee a conflict area is one made by desperate people around the globe every day. On June 20 the UNHCR observed World Refugee Day to draw attention to the more than 46 million refugees and internally displaced people worldwide. The figures are overwhelming, pushed to an 18-year high this year by fighting in Syria, Mali and elsewhere.