LONDON (Reuters) – The United States is sending more refugees than the previous year to the Horn of Africa for humanitarian purposes, President Donald Trump’s new National Security Adviser said on Monday, as it grapples with a wave of arrivals.
The White House said it has taken in 1,250 refugees since the start of the year and is sending another 800 to the country of Ghana, which has been the largest recipient.
The first 100 refugees were flown from Liberia to the United States last week and the rest will be resettled in the coming days, said Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, who oversees the US State Department.
The influx of refugees, which started with the Syrian conflict and continues to this day, has become a crisis for the West and the world, with a record of more than 1 million people fleeing conflict and persecution in Africa.
The United Nations has said the number of refugees arriving in the United Kingdom has reached a record 2.4 million, while more than 800,000 refugees have reached Europe.
Flynn, a former Republican National Committee chairman, is taking over as Trump’s chief of staff as the administration moves to address the crisis.
Trump, who has said America’s borders should be open for those fleeing terrorism, has also ordered an end to US resettlement for refugees who have already arrived in the country.
The government says the refugees are being vetted and are in a safe zone.
Feeble resettlement in the West has become increasingly problematic with the number and types of refugees coming.
The UNHCR says the number is up by 10 percent in the past year.
It said the average Syrian refugee, including children, has been allowed to stay for three months in the U.S.
A senior Trump administration official said the refugees arriving at the U,S.
Embassy in London are being housed in secure housing, with all of them receiving meals and medical care.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said all refugees are required to attend an orientation session on Thursday.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said last week that more than 400,000 people have arrived in Europe, including more than 160,000 children, in the last 12 months.
The refugee crisis has also forced the European Union to cut its refugee intake, the bloc’s largest source of migrants.