Posted by: Lister | February 15, 2007

US target — accept 7000 Iraqi refugees

UN welcomes US Iraq refugee plan

The United Nations has welcomed US plans to grant up to 7,000 Iraqi refugees asylum over the next year.

[…] The US move has been prompted by criticism over the number of refugees it has taken in so far – some 463 since the 2003 invasion.

[…] The UN estimates that some two million Iraqis have fled the country.

About one million are living in Syria and up to 750,000 in neighbouring Jordan, UNHCR says.

Jordanian government spokesman Nasser Judeh said the number proposed by the US paled into insignificance compared with Jordan’s intake.

“Seven thousand Iraqi refugees is just 1% of the number we have,” he said.

[…] US state department spokesman Sean McCormack said the figures was a “target”, not a ceiling.

So McCormack is willing to go as high as a few hundred thousand?

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