Countries have more than doubled the number of Syrian refugees they are willing to resettle to over 100,000, the head of the UN refugee agency said.

“We estimate (there) will be more than 100,000 opportunities for resettlement and humanitarian admission,” Antonio Guterres told reporters after a high-level pledging conference in Geneva.

He said 28 countries had expressed solidarity with the millions of Syrians who have fled their war-ravaged country, and with neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, which are all but buckling under the refugee burden.

“The world has a debt of gratitude to the neighbouring countries that probably we’ll never be able to fully pay or to fully express,” Guterres had told delegates, urging them to do more.

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