St. Louis will get Syrian refugees — but how many and when still unknown

St. Louis will most likely become home to Syrian refugees, but how many will ultimately end up here and when remains unknown.

“It is the right thing to do,” Mayor Francis Slay said Thursday, shortly after President Barack Obama told his administration to take in at least 10,000 displaced Syrians over the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

Slay spoke at the International Institute of St. Louis, where president and CEO Anna Crosslin hosted a senior adviser for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to talk about the crisis, which has sent 4 million people fleeing Syria and seeking shelter in other countries such as Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt, and now moving into Europe.

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