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    » 08/29/2007, 00.00

    UN - IRAQ

    UN: Iraqi refugees top 4 million

    According to the UNHCR the number is constantly augmenting. Apart form the violence wracking the country, immigration is also fuelled by difficulties in social and health services. The US offers 30 million dollars to aid the crises but western borders continue to remain closed.

    Geneva (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The number of Iraqis fleeing the incessant violent in their country has topped 4 million. According to data published by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the number of internally displaced peoples and refugees will continue to rise.  “An estimated 4.2 million Iraqis have been uprooted from their homes”, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis told journalists “with the monthly rate of displacement climbing to over 60,000”. According to Iraqi Red Crescent sources the number of internally displaced persons (Idp) are more than 80 to 100 thousand a month.


    Pagonis explains that the immigration has risen because the “Iraqis are finding it harder to get access to social services in Iraq and many Iraqis are choosing to leave ethnically mixed areas before they are forced to do so”. Unhcr maintains that More than two million Iraqis are displaced within the country, of whom around half were uprooted following the February 2006 Samarra bombings, seen as the catalyst for the latest wave of sectarian conflict. Many are barely surviving in makeshift camps, inaccessible to aid workers for security reasons.


    Neighbours Syria and Jordan have shouldered the brunt of the burden of Iraqis fleeing the country altogether, with over 1.4 million in Syria and between 500,000-750,000 in Jordan. The number of Iraqi asylum seekers in Europe in the first half of 2007 rose to nearly 20,000, the same number received during the whole of 2006 


    The UNHCR has previously called on the international community to donate 60 million dollars to help the United States said it will give UN agencies 30 million dollars to help tens of thousands of Iraqi child refugees to go to school in neighbouring countries.  But many note that economic aid to Iraq and its neighbouring countries is not enough: western countries need to open up their borders to allow the legal entry of those people who are forced to flee their homes.



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    19/06/2007 UN
    Iraq raises the number of the world’s refugees to 10 million
    The number – published by UNHCR – refers to the end of 2006 and is the first registered increase in over 5 years. The growth in numbers – equal to 14% - is attributed by Iraqi migration to Syria and Jordan: 1.5 million people. By the most consistent group remains Afghani’s with 2.1 million. In Asia countries are more hit by internally displaced peoples.

    05/01/2008 IRAQ
    Red Crescent : 20 thousand Iraqi refugees return home in December alone
    According to the humanitarian organisation since mid September over 45 thousand have returned home, largely from Syria. However the crises remains : Iraqi refugees continue to suffer unemployment, high rents and lack of access to schools and medical care, The UNHCR warns re-entry in Iraq is premature.

    17/04/2007 UN - IRAQ
    The UN seeks help for 4 million Iraqi refugees
    The UNhcr conference on the humanitarian crises facing refugees inside and outside Iraq opens today in the Palais des Nations. UN spokesperson: “We are not only looking for funds, but a greater commitment to collaboration from the international community”.

    11/07/2007 IRAQ
    Iraqi Red Crescent Society warns about 100,000 additional internally displaced people every month
    Humanitarian agency says that the situation is getting worse by the day. Basic services like health care, jobs and education are lacking. Baghdad and Mosul are the worse affected areas.

    18/03/2008 IRAQ
    Iraqis are the largest group seeking asylum in the West
    This is revealed in a UN report for 2007, according to which their numbers are at 45,000. The most sought-after location is the United States, followed by Sweden. But Europe must do more.

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