According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, the world has not seen an outflow of refugees "at such a frightening rate since the Rwandan genocide almost 20 years ago." UNHCR officers report that 6,000 Syrians a day flee to nearby Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt to escape the horrors of the Mideast nation's civil war. To date, the UNHCR has registered nearly 2 million people who have fled Syria, while an estimated 5 million internally displaced persons remain within Syria's borders.
The Fourth of July is a great time to remember the unique contributions of new Americans in our midst. Each year the United States welcomes roughly 80,000 refugees from around the world. These refugees come from conflict zones in Burma, Iraq, Somalia, Eritrea and the DR Congo, among many other countries.
Freedom House is the only group of its kind in the country -- an organization dedicated to providing comprehensive services, including accommodations, social services, full legal services, education and job training to victims of persecution seeking asylum in the United States.
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