European Refugee Crisis

Frequently Asked Questions About Refugee Resettlement

Oct 16, 2015

What happens to the refugees the U.S. accepts for resettlement here? A recent State Department briefing on the United States Refugee Admissions Program provides some valuable insight for those newly curious about the world of refugee resettlement.

JTA: HIAS, Reform Movement Rap Obama Administration for Lowballing Syrian Refugees

Sep 21, 2015

“Increasing the total number of refugees from 70,000 to 85,000 for next year and to 100,000 for the year after is a nice symbolic gesture,” Mark Hetfield, the president of HIAS, said Sunday in a statement. “It is a baby step in the right direction. But it is not leadership.”

Jewish Week: On Refugees, Jews Caught Between Care And Fear

Sep 17, 2015

“The United States admits a million legal immigrants a year. Most are students, or come on tourist visas. Anyone who wishes us harm would not do it through the resettlement process,” Melanie Nezer tells Jewish Week.

U.S. Advocates for Syrian Refugee Resettlement Find Unexpected Allies

Sep 16, 2015

"Jewish American groups, saying they can’t be bystanders as the worst refugee crisis since World War II unfolds, are joining Arab-American leaders in a critique of existing policies, which have sharply limited the numbers of refugees settled in the United States," The Washington Post reports.

Washington Post: U.S. Charities Urge Obama to Let in More Syrians, Ask Churches to Help

Sep 11, 2015

HIAS and other refugee resettlement agencies are petitioning the Obama administration to resettle far more than the roughly 10,000 Syrians that the White House announced this week would be accepted, the Washington Post reports.

Reuters: Obama Wants U.S. to Prepare for 10,000 Syrian Refugees Next Year

Sep 10, 2015

It is the first specific commitment the United States has made toward increasing its acceptance of refugees from the war-torn country. But refugee advocates and some members of Congress say taking in an additional 10,000 refugees does not go far enough toward addressing the humanitarian crisis triggered by the war, which has prompted a massive refugee influx into Europe.

Slideshow: The Refugee Crisis, A Dispatch from Vienna

Sep 10, 2015

I walked into the Westbahnhof train station and nothing appeared to be different. Tourists wheeled their bags past Starbucks and perfume shops, seemingly oblivious to the stress and confusion just one level above and below them.

Letter to The Forward: The Answer Lies in the Refugee Convention of 1951

Sep 10, 2015

For refugees, the 1951 Convention is Torah. We can get lost in arguing about its meaning and interpretation, but the guiding basic principles and values are very clear. Our obligations toward refugees are the same no matter who they are, no matter who we are, no matter what other countries are doing, or are not doing.

Jewish Week: Obama Agrees To Settle 10,000 Syrians; HIAS Wants 100,000

Sep 10, 2015

President Barack Obama has directed his administration to prepare to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees next year, up from 1,000 this past year – but that’s far fewer than the 100,000 Jewish refugee aid organization HIAS wants the U.S. government to resettle, The Jewish Week reports.

KQED Radio: Should the U.S. Be Doing More to Help Solve the Syrian Refugee Crisis?

Sep 09, 2015

HIAS Vice President of Policy and Advocacy Melanie Nezer appeared on San Francisco NPR affiliate KQED's Forum program to discuss U.S. refugee policy.