US states refuse to take Syrian refugees after Paris bombings

November 17, 2015
A woman and child kneel, in front of the restaurant Le Carillon, one of the establishments targeted in Friday's attacks in Paris. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

On the heels of last Friday's deadly attack on Paris, twenty-seven states in America have issued statements saying they would bar Syrian refugees from settling in their states.

The governors' refusals come after announcements that one of Friday's Paris bombers was believed to have slipped into Europe among refugees.

The US governors have therefore express fears that violent extremists will masquerade as refugees in order to gain entry to the United States.


In September, the Obama administration said that it was willing to take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees from war-torn regions in the Middle East and Africa.

Other countries in Europe have developed their own refugee plan amid unresolved conflicts in Arab countries of the Middle East.

However, many like the US have expressed refusal to accept Syrian refugees after last Friday's attacks. Among those places are Poland, Slovakia and the German state of Bavaria.

Meanwhile the United Nations has viewed with disapproval, some countries' refusal to accept the Syrians, stating that they are "deeply disturbed by language that demonises refugees as a group." 

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