Syrian asylum seekers captured in Paris

Syrian asylum seekers arrested at Lyon train station, Paris, trying to travel to Germany.

Syrian asylum seekers captured in Paris

World Bulletin / News Desk

Lyon train station in Paris witnessed the capture of 85 Syrian asylum seekers trying to get to Germany, French media have reported.

The French Borders Police said 41 of the asylum seekers were minors.

In 2013, French President Francois Hollande said that "France is ready to give the right to asylum to 500 Syrians," and by the end the year over a 1,000 Syrians had applied for asylum, according to the French authorities.

An estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in their country in March 2011. Many have taken refuge in neighboring countries, including Turkey, but just under 100,000 have requested asylum in Europe with a small number offered resettlement by countries such as Germany and Sweden.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees about 2.5 million Syrians have fled to the country's immediate neighbors Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

On Friday, the UN Refugee Agency adopted a resolution that calls for the international community to help and host Syrian refugees in their countries. 

Last Mod: 29 Mart 2014, 13:59
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