Obama plans to increase number of refugees admitted to US: Media

US President Barack Obama speaks during a rally for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Eakins Oval in Philadelphia.
US President Barack Obama speaks during a rally for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Eakins Oval in Philadelphia. PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - The Obama administration plans to increase the number of refugees admitted to the United States by 30 per cent in fiscal year 2017, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited an annual refugee report submitted to Congress.

Secretary of State John Kerry presented the new target of 110,000 in the 2017 fiscal year starting Oct 1, up from 85,000 in 2016, during a closed session to members of the House and Senate judiciary committees on Tuesday, according to the newspaper.

Mr Kerry has said repeatedly over the past year that the United States would admit at least 100,000 refugees in fiscal 2017 and try to admit more if it were able.