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Syrian refugee Ali, 13, who attends school, stands for a photograph in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, Thursday, 12 May, 2016. Recouting his education in Syria Ali said, ?I managed to finish 5th grade before we fled, five years ago. We came here on a bus with our parents. My school was nice. It was yellow.? #ImagineaSchool - In December 2016, some 13.5 million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes and are either internally displaced or have become refugees. Currently, 1 million Syrian refugees are registered in Lebanon, of which half are children. Unregistered refugees are estimated to number around half a million. Before the crisis, Syria had some of the highest literacy and school attendance rates in the Middle East and North Africa. Nearly six years into the violence, half of all Syrian children - or 2.8 million - in Syria and neighbouring countries, are currently out of school. Protracted crises like the one in Syria not only temporarily interrupt children?s education and lives, but they often also close the door on education for a lifetime. Syrians parents are fully aware of the importance of education, but with seven in 10 registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon living below the poverty line, their socioeconomic situation is often so serious that they are left with no choice other than making their children work. Employing children is illegal in Lebanon and failing to meet children?s basic right of education quashes their hope of a normal childhood and impedes them in contributing to future societies. Currently, 183,000 school aged children from Syria are out of school - 49% of all registered Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. The Bekaa valley in eastern Lebanon has the highest concentration of Syrian refugees in the country. The valley is also an agricultural area and land owners in Lebanon often allow Syrians to live on their land in exchange for labour by the family?s children. The typical child labourer in Lebanon is a Syrian boy between 1

300 refugees are being investigated by the FBI. Is that cause for concern?


300 refugees are being investigated by the FBI. Is that cause for concern?

WATCH | The Justice Department unveiled today that 300 refugees are being investigated by the FBI.

There was new information on Monday from government officials about the risk a small number of refugees admitted to the United States may pose a threat to national security.

It was one of Donald Trump’s favorite themes during his campaign last year - the possibility that poor screening of Syrian refugees might allow a suspected terrorist into the United States.

"We are going to stop the tens of thousands of people coming in from Syria," Trump said last year in Phoenix during a speech on immigration. 

"We have no idea who they are, where they come from. There's no documentation. There's no paperwork. It's going to end badly folks. It's going to end very, very badly," Trump continued.

Today, Department of Homeland Security officials disclosed that some of President Trump’s fears may have been warranted. Department of Homeland Security officials briefed the media that as many as 300 refugees admitted to the United States are being investigated by the FBI  for possible ties to terrorism. 

FBI Director James Comey previously warned Congress in October of 2015 that his agency did not have enough resources to screen refugees, especially those from Syria before they got into the country.

“There is risk associated with bringing anybody in from the outside, but specifically from a conflict zone," Comey told the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

The Obama administration downplayed Comey’s fears suggesting there were adequate safeguards.

"Our nations can welcome refugees who are desperately seeking safety and ensure our own security. We can and must do both," Obama said at the G20 conference in Paris in November of 2015.

Some experts believe that having 300 refugees being investigated is not cause for concern. 

"Investigating 300 refugees for terrorism is not the same as 300 refugees convicted of terrorism, and it's not the same as 300 refugees who have committed terrorist attacks in the United States," Alex Nowrasteh of the CATO Institute told Circa. 

Now the FBI and  Homeland Security officials are left to sort out the wheat from the chaff and determine which refugees admitted to the country might also pose a security risk.

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