OTTAWA — The United Nations is seeking to find permanent homes in other countries for about 480,000 Syrian refugees in the next two years.
At a high-level ministerial conference in Geneva on Wednesday, some countries did pledge new spots but most didn't. The meeting was the first of several planned for this year to address new solutions to the Syrian refugee crisis and future pledges are expected.
Europe is currently striving to halt the unchecked flow of migrants across the Mediterranean through the continent's porous borders and the UN hopes that direct humanitarian admission and other legal immigration programs targeting Syrians could help address that issue.
A total of 179,147 places have been made available since 2013.
Here is a look at how some countries have contributed to the UN's request since 2013. The list does not include how many Syrians have been granted asylum or residency after arriving in these countries or others on their own.
New Zealand: 850.
United Kingdom: 20,000.
United States: open ended. The UN has submitted 32,369 people for resettlement.
SOURCE: UNHCR data, current to Mar. 18, 2016.
The Canadian Press