Over the past week or so, I have seen an abundance of articles like this:
If you aren’t familiar with this very legitimate complaint, please read the article on the link before my comment below:
I won’t say that the US has no blame for this disparity, but a majority of it does not rest on their shoulders. The situation is far more complex than this story reports. The UN gathers their list of names for which countries like the US screen and pull almost exclusively from those residing in the refugee camps. The problem is, there are almost no Christians and other minorities in those camps. It is not safe for them. Yes, they have been persecuted by ISIS, but they are also being persecuted in these overcrowded, underfunded, and under policed camps.
The situation has become so bad in these that most Christians have fled to try their luck on the streets of cities like Gaziantep and Istanbul. The problem is, once they leave the camps, they lose their eligibility for legal immigration. A very legitimate fear of rape, persecution, and starvation have forced them to flee. I have heard that there are similar problems in the Lebanon and Jordan camps but I have seen and know firsthand that this is the situation here in Turkey. As long these camps continue to be run by AFAD (Turkey’s version of FEMA) this will continue to be the case.