Turkey blocks Syrian refugees from resettlement in the US – for having degrees

A woman receives a bread ration in a refugee camp for Syrians near the town of Akçakale and the Syrian border, Turkey. More than 1,000 refugees in Turkey have been blocked from resettling in the US due to their university qualifications. Photograph: Holly Pickett for the Guardian
A woman receives a bread ration in a refugee camp for Syrians near the town of Akçakale and the Syrian border, Turkey. More than 1,000 refugees in Turkey have been blocked from resettling in the US due to their university qualifications. Photograph: Holly Pickett for the Guardian

Turkish officials argue the most vulnerable deserve priority resettlement. Some question whether a degree makes refugees less vulnerable

More than 1,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey have been blocked from resettlement in the US and other countries because they have university qualifications.

The refugees were approved for resettlement by American officials, before being blocked – sometimes just days before their departure date – by the Turkish authorities.

UN members reject concrete refugee resettlement target

The news further complicates a much-hyped UN summit on resettlement in New York on Monday, where developed countries are being encouraged to resettle more refugees, 86% of whom live in the developing world.

Countries such as Turkey, which hosts more refugees than any other, are keen for western partners to share the responsibility. But this development suggests that they are also unwilling to let countries like the US cherry-pick the most educated refugees, and leave behind the rest.

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SOURCES: News Now/ The Guardian

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.