Uruguay to take in 120 Syrian refugees
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Uruguay to take in 120 Syrian refugees

Uruguayan officials say they’ll send a mission to Lebanon on Friday to select 120 Syrian refugees who can come to the South American country.

Forty are scheduled to arrive in September and the rest will come next year.

Human Rights Department spokeswoman Nathalia Platas says most of the refugees have to be under 18 years old, and families should have at least one person willing to work, probably in agriculture.

She says religion isn’t a factor, but the refugees will have to understand that women and men have equal rights in Uruguay and both boys and girls have to attend school.

She says most of the candidates selected by the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights have suffered from torture in some form.

U.N. officials say there are more than 2 million total Syrian refugees.

See also: US to send 6 Guantánamo detainees to Uruguay

Associated Press