But talk of a 5,000 increase is fairly meaningless in light of the huge number of people seeking asylum.
How will Americans feel about the figure of 65,000 which is likely to be asked of the U.S.A?
Refugees and economic migrants have been pouring into the outskirts of Europe from more than one source and direction and then slowly making their way to their hoped for final destinations in northern Europe.
Those fleeing into Europe do not begin their journey in European countries; it is a global not EU or European problem.
Military action by U.S. led forces into Syria may ease the crisis in the long term, or not, but in the short term actively worsen the situation.
Many factors are fueling the crisis not least power vacuums in parts on the Middle East.
Political arguments have developed as allocated quotas for refugees are set and aid programs scrutinised.
The U.K. has counteracted Germany's claims that it will take hundreds of thousands of refugees by noting that Germany and some other EU countries have not met their financial aid agreements; this is a percentage of each country's GDP.
In May, days after the 2015 General Election it was reported "The UK has passed a bill that enshrines in law its commitment to spend 0.7% of its gross national income (GNI) on aid every year, making it the first G7 country to meet the UN’s 45-year-old aid spending target."
As the Guardian noted in May "In 2013, only five other countries – Sweden, Norway, Luxembourg, Denmark and the United Arab Emirates – had met or exceeded the 0.7% aid spending target. The Netherlands had consistently met the target, but fell short in 2013."
Those figures and drains on each country's finances show how at odds Europe is at this time.
If Pres. Obama can persuade the U.S.A. to increase refugee aid in the form of asylum it could be a great step forward.
However with a Presidential election scheduled for 2016 it could be political suicide for the ruling Democrat party.
"The President [Obama] has made it clear that he wants the United States, which has always taken a leadership role with respect to humanitarian issues, and particularly refugees, to be able to do what we can," Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday. "We are committed to increasing the number of refugees that we take, and we are looking hard at the number that we can specifically manage with respect to the crisis in Syria and Europe," USA Today
Later Thursday - US To Take 10,000 More Syrian Refugees In 2016 reports Sky News