Syrian Refugees News: France To Welcome 30,000 Syrian Refugees

President Hollande speaks about his decision to continue offering shelter to refugees. Screen capture c/o Youtube.

While addressing the mayors of France on Wednesday, French President Francois Hollande has said that their country will continue to honor the commitment that France made to accept 30,000 Syrian refugees despite the fact that many still have concerns about terrorist threats.

After the terrorist attacks in Paris, one of the attackers having posed as a refugee himself, many countries and US states have expressed their newfound reluctance to accept Syrian refugees within their borders. So it may come as a surprise to many that France, the very country that was victim to these recent attacks, is still willing to shelter refugees.

Although Hollande admitted that a link between the terrorist threat and the influx of migrant exists, he stressed that the refugees are victims too, “running from Iraq and Syria because they are attacked by the very same people who are attacking us today.”

Thanking the French mayors for their willingness to welcome refugees into their communities, Hollande even offered government support in helping them create refugee sites.

The Mayors of France gathered to listen to their president.

The Mayors of France gathered to listen to their president. Screen capture c/o Youtube.

While Syrian refugees will continue to be welcomed into France, Hollande has mentioned that further security measures will be taken to “guarantee the safety of French people” and stated that the government would refuse asylum status for anyone “whose presence on French soil is a threat.”

“We have to reinforce our borders while remaining true to our values,” Hollande said.

In the United States in particular, the topic of the Syrian refugees is under hot debate as 27 state governors have expressed their opposition against allowing refugees to settle within their states due to safety concerns after the tragic events in Paris. While US President Barack Obama is still intent on helping out the refugees and allowing them into the country, many states have already closed their borders and refuse to allow Syrian refugees to settle within them.

Despite the activities of ISIS that led to the deaths of many in Paris, accepting Syrian refugees is still the right thing to do. As Obama said in defense of his decision, these are “widows and orphans” in need of refuge. Hollande also stressed that it was a “humanitarian duty” to help the refugees.

Read also: More Countries and States Have Closed Their Borders To Syrian Refugees.

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