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Kerry: US to accept 85,000 refugees in 2016 from around the world, and 100,000 the next year

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with refugees fleeing Syria, at Villa Borsig, on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Berlin. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

    US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with refugees fleeing Syria, at Villa Borsig, on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Berlin. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, talks with a man injured in a bomb attack in Syria during a meeting with a group of refugees fleeing Syria, at Villa Borsig, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Berlin. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

    US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, talks with a man injured in a bomb attack in Syria during a meeting with a group of refugees fleeing Syria, at Villa Borsig, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Berlin. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier , right, talks to U.S. Secretary of State ,John Kerry, ahead of their meeting in the  German foreign ministry's guesthouse ,Villa Borsig, at lake Tegel in Berlin, Germany, Sunday Sept. 20, 2015.    (Axel Schmidt /Pool Photo via AP)

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier , right, talks to U.S. Secretary of State ,John Kerry, ahead of their meeting in the German foreign ministry's guesthouse ,Villa Borsig, at lake Tegel in Berlin, Germany, Sunday Sept. 20, 2015. (Axel Schmidt /Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The U.S. is offering new details about its plan to ease the Syrian refugee crisis by significantly increasing the number of worldwide refugees it will take in over the next two years.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. will accept 85,000 refugees from around the world next year, up from 70,000, and the number will rise to 100,000 in 2017.

Aides to Kerry say that many, though not all, of the additional refugees would be Syrian.

The migrants would be referred by the United Nations, screened by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and resettled around America.

Kerry made the announcement Sunday during a visit to Berlin after meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to discuss the mass migration of Syrians fleeing their civil war.