“Like Sisyphus pushing the boulder to the top of the hill, efforts to end the Syrian civil war have been equally futile. According to the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, the violence in Syria has forced 4.8 million refugees to flee their country. Not since World War II have there been so many refugees and internally displaced people worldwide–in fact, the number of refugees worldwide has reached nearly 60 million.

Since 1975, more than 3 million refugees from all over the world have resettled in the United States, according to the US Department of State’s website. After a lengthy vetting process that takes eighteen to twenty-four months, on average, refugees approved to enter the United States are typically resettled where other relatives are already living or placed in areas based on the best match between a community’s resources and a refugee’s needs.”

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