US opens screening centre for Syrian refugees in Amman

11 February, 12:05

    (ANSAmed) - AMMAN, FEBRUARY 11 - The US has opened a screening centre for Syrian refugees in Amman to speed up receiving up to 10,000 asylum seekers by year end, according to an official statement by the US embassy.

    The centre will look to examine paper work for thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan as part of the resettlement programme promised by Washington.

    "As part of the effort to reach the President's goal of admitting at least 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States by September 30, 2016, the United States has established a temporary refugee processing center near Amman," reads the statement. A strict security procedure has been placed near the reception centre as the embassy welcomed refugees to apply for asylum. "Operations are now underway. Access to the site is restricted by invitation to potential resettlement candidates," it adds.

    Obama administration has promised to take honour its commitment of providing asylum to Syrian refugees as part of international efforts to ease pressure on host countries.

    Jordan is hosting up to 1.2 million Syrian refugees, while Turkey is also home to more than 2 million and Lebanon is hosting up to 1 million. (ANSAmed).

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