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President Obama’s plan to ramp up admission of refugees mired in controversy, administration officials quietly are looking for ways to take in more Syrians without calling them refugees, according to an expert on asylum policy.
Following a conference in March called by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, U.S. officials pledged support for the goal of alleviating the suffering caused by a civil war that has driven millions of Syrians from their homes.
“The United States joins UNHCR in calling for new ways nations, civil society, the private sector, and individuals can together address the global refugee challenge,” the U.S. Department of State said in a news release.
Beth Ferris, a Georgetown University professor and humanitarian refugee policy adviser to the U.N. secretary general, said at a panel discussion in February that there are “alternative safe pathways” for fleeing Syrians. Ideas include giving scholarships and extending the ability of Syrian-Americans to sponsor relatives beyond their immediate family members to include aunts, uncles and grandparents.
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