Syrian Refugees to Arrive in St. Louis Within a Year

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Around 300 Syrian refugees could be arriving in St. Louis within a years time and 10,000 are expected nationwide.

Anna Crosslin is President of the International Institute which helps the refugees resettle here.

“Syrians are going to fit in very well compared to other populations that we have been resettling,” Crosslin says. “A lot of them live in the near south side neighborhoods where other refugees are living. They come to classes at the Institute…”

She says the federal government does a good job screening refugees to keep out the ones who may have been radicalized.

“You have to have some kind of a qualification to even be considered for the program at this point,” Crosslin says. “So the likelihood of a terrorist wanting to be able to use that route, is very small simply because there are so many hurdles to be overcome.”

Crosslin says the federal government will give them thorough background checks.

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