Haley: Syrian Refugees Want to Return Home, Not to the U.S.

June 1, 2017

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in a newly aired interview that none of the Syrian refugees she visited in Jordan and Turkey want to move to the United States.

Haley recently returned from a trip to Syrian refugee camps in Jordan and Turkey and discussed her experience with Fox News host Eric Shawn.

"The one thing I took away from my trip—we talked to men, women, young, old, children, all of them. And the one thing they said was, 'We want to go home,'" Haley said. "Not one of them said, 'We want to go to the United States.' And so our goal should be, support those host countries as they're feeling the pressure and the strain."

After discussing the small economies created by refugees in camps, Haley recalled a conversation she had with one man about what refugees want from the United States.

"I had one refugee man come and stop me as I was walking though the camp and he said, 'Please keep talking about us. We watch you and we want you to keep supporting us. We don't need your money, we don't need food,' he said. 'We just need you to keep talking about how brutal [Syrian President Bashar] Assad is and we need you not to forget us,'" Haley recalled.

"And they want to go home?" Shawn asked.

Haley responded with a nod. "And they want to go home."