Secretary of State John Kerry announces plans to resettle 85,000 refugees in the U.S. in fiscal year 2016 and 100,000 more in fiscal year 2017.
Already the leading donor to Syrian relief, the United States will accept more displaced Syrians in the coming year.
Here are some notable examples of famous (and not-so famous) refugees who resettled in the U.S., and went on to achieve success.
Since Congress passed the Refugee Act of 1980, the U.S. has resettled nearly 3 million victims of violence and persecution.
When refugees arrive in the U.S. they receive help from resettlement organizations, sponsors, volunteers and neighbors.