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September 16, 2015

Charity Leaders Call on Obama to Take in Many More Syrians

Major American aid organizations are urging the Obama administration to multiply by several times its pledge to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next year, The New York Times writes. Executives with Save the Children, CARE USA, Mercy Corps, and Oxfam America are among the nonprofit leaders calling on the government to raise its commitment to up to 100,000 displaced Syrians.

The White House said last week that it would boost the number of Syrians the country accepts from fewer than 2,000 to 10,000 in the fiscal year starting October 1, but in a telephone news conference Tuesday charity leaders characterized the increase as inadequate given the scale of the migrant crisis. Syria's 4&frac;-year civil war has sent roughly 4-million people fleeing into neighboring countries, and hundreds of thousands are now seeking asylum in Europe.

Google launched a fundraising campaign Tuesday for migrants from war-torn and impoverished countries, pledging to match the first $5.5 million donated via a designated web page, Reuters reports. The Silicon Valley firm announced the effort in a post on its blog written by an employee whose family fled Afghanistan when she was a child. Donations will go to Doctors Without Borders, the International Rescue Committee, Save the Children, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy article on fundraising for the refugee crisis.