According to Amnesty International, 12 million Syrians have fled their homes in fear. Half of them are children and more than five million of them have left the country and become refugees. Today, 99% of Syrians are held in just five countries:
Turkey – more than 3.6 million Syrian refugees
Lebanon – 949,000
Jordan – 672,000
Iraq – 253,000
Egypt – 133,000
The refugee resettlement process is lengthy, extremely detailed and very safe. Only those Syrian refugees registered by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and identified as being particularly at risk are considered for U.S. resettlement. Syrians go through more security screenings than other refugees before allowed to travel to the U.S.
Amnesty International says there are approximately 225 million refugees – people fleeing their homes because of war, armed conflict, violence, etc. – across the globe.