1000 plus Syrian refugees given shelter in Scotland

A total of 1,000 Syrian refugees are now living in Scotland.

The refugee program has been criticized by Republicans who fear terrorists could come into the country mixed with refugees, but officials say refugees being resettled in the USA go through rigorous background checks.

"The United States has always been a leader in welcoming people fleeing global persecution and the arrival on Monday of the 10,000 Syrian refugee is a further expression of this leadership", said UNHCR Regional Representative in the United States, Shelly Pitterman.

In a notice dated August 12, Texas alerted the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that it would appeal a June decision by Dallas-based U.S. District Judge David Godbey, who ruled the state did not have grounds to sue the federal government over the placement of refugees in Texas and that the state failed to provide a "plausible claim" that a refugee resettlement nonprofit breached its contract. The White House made the announcement that it had reached its goal earlier this week.

Obama sought a sixfold increase in the Syrian refugees provided safe haven in the United States.

In San Diego, the country's eighth largest city, 626 Syrian refugees have arrived since October 1, which is more than any other city in the US.

"We will do all we can to ensure refugees have happy and productive new lives in Scotland". Refugees are typically assigned to cities where they have family and friends or where there's an established community of immigrants who share their culture.

Refugee-resettlement experts had insisted at the time that the USA resettlement program was secure and did not need an overhaul or a temporary fix. The state has actually been accepting more refugees from Iraq, Congo and Somalia, with Bhutan and Burma close behind.

"A rigorous, multilayered and lengthy vetting and security clearance procedure is in place to screen refugees", Susan Weishar, a migration fellow at the Jesuit Social Research Institute, who directed immigration and refugee services for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans for 14 years, stated to CNA.

While Obama's resettlement program got off to a slow start, the administration reached its 10,000-refugee goal a month ahead of schedule.

Secretary Kerry also said on Monday that "more needs to be done" to remedy the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

To address the humanitarian crisis in Syria, "President Obama will host the Leaders' Summit on Refugees... to increase humanitarian assistance and create more long-term, durable opportunities for refugees", Kerry said.

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