The United States expects to accept between 5,000 and 8,000 Syrian refugees in 2016, officials said Monday.
State Department spokesman John Kirby also said 15,000 Syrian refugees have been referred to the U.S. for resettlement by the U.N. refugee agency.
In December, Washington had said it had received 9,000 referrals from the U.N.
It had also previously said it would admit between 1,000 to 2,000 Syrian refugees in fiscal year 2015, and increase that number by a few thousand in fiscal year 2016.
The United States has been criticized for not taking more of the estimated four million refugees fleeing the civil war that began in 2011.
Kirby argued that the U.S. was a “leader” in terms of accepting refugees and contributing financially to resettlement efforts, but that this work was “not the metric of success here.”
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