United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday announced plans for a summit in March on resettling millions of people who have fled Syria as he expressed concern at “misplaced suspicions about migrants and refugees.”
Some 4.2 million Syrians have escaped the country’s nearly five-year civil war to neighboring Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency. Hundreds of thousands of those Syrians have streamed into Europe this year.
After deadly attacks in Paris a week ago by Islamic State, some politicians in Europe and North America have warned that countries face big risks by admitting refugees without rigorously determining if any could be dangerous extremists.
A Syrian government crackdown on a pro-democracy movement in early 2011 sparked the civil war and Islamic State militants used the chaos to seize territory in Syria and Iraq. The U.N. says some 250,000 people have been killed during the conflict.
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