PARIS, Oct 17 (KUNA) - France has granted asylum to around 3,000 Syrians
fleeing the conflict in their country since March 2011, and the number of
asylum requests granted in 2013 is double the previous rate, official sources
On Wednesday, President Francois Hollande agreed to an additional quota of
500 Syrians seeking asylum during a meeting to share out the burden of
refugees with High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres.
"France is the leading country in the area of asylum (for people) of all
origins," Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said in answer to KUNA
He said that France receives about 60,000 asylum requests every year and is
renowned for the quality of handling these procedures.
"France is fully aware of the distress of Syrian or Palestinian families
forced into exile," Nadal remarked, adding that the demands from Syrians "are
examined with particular care" in France, which "responds favourably in 95
percent of cases."
The French government and immigration services also allow asylum requests
to be filed in neighbouring countries to Syria, notably in Beirut, Amman,
Ankara and Istanbul.
France also grants several different long-term visas to other Syrian
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