U.s. And Syrian Refugees

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The U.S. and Syrian Refugees December 10, 2010 witnessed the inception of the Arab Spring, a revolutionary wave of both violent and nonviolent protests and demonstrations in the Arab world that began in Tunisia. While the wave of initial revolutions and protests quelled by mid-2012, other large-scale conflicts in the Middle East intensified, such as the Yemeni and Libyan crises. In Syria, the unrest of the Arab Spring escalated to armed conflict after President Bashar al-Assad’s regime violently repressed protests calling for his removal. Beginning in March 2011, the Syrian Civil War is currently being fought by the following factions: the Syrian Government and its supporters, an alliance of Syrian Arab rebel groups, the Syrian Democratic Forces, Salafi jihadist groups, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). These factions also receive substantial support from foreign nations (primarily the US and Russia, who back the rebels and Assad, respectively), causing the conflict to be labeled a “proxy war.” Additionally, the civil war has caused a refugee crisis. Since 2011, millions of Syrians have fled from their country sought asylum in other countries. In 2016, the United Nations identified 13.5 million Syrians as requiring humanitarian assistance. Almost million Syrians have requested asylum in countries such as Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, and those in the European Union. According to the UN Refugee Agency, in 2016, various nations have pledged to permanently

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