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4 Million Iraq Refugees Face Uncertain Future

March 30, 2008 07:44 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Iraq’s refugees continue to be ignored by the international community, says a new report. But some countries say it is now safe for Iraqis to go home.

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More than 4 million Iraqis have been uprooted since the start of the war, and according to a report by the International Rescue Committee, the countries around the world, and in particular the United States, are ignoring “one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time.”

“We believe the United States has a special responsibility to Iraqi refugees, if only to restore its credibility. The violence they flee is an unplanned-for byproduct of the American invasion of Iraq, and its chaotic aftermath,” the report said.

However, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., countered such charges earlier this month. He told a House panel on Iraqi refugees that since U.S. forces have increased security in Iraq, Washington shouldn’t subsidize refugees in Jordan who have the option of returning home.

“I don’t think it’s the time that we should be accelerating our refugee efforts … Now is the time that we should be calling on the refugees from Iraq to go home,” he said.

Canada recently announced plans to double the number of refugees it will take this year, while Sweden, which has taken in more than 20,000 Iraqis—more than any other Western country—has recently decided to start sending them back.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that of the more than 4 million Iraqis who have fled their homes, 2.5 are displaced internally and 2 million have emigrated to nearby countries such as Syria and Jordan.

Headline Link: 'World Ignoring Iraqi Refugee Crisis’

Background: Europe struggles with influx of Iraqi refugees

Reaction: ‘House Panel Debates Iraq Refugee Quandary’

Related Topics: Iraqi refugees all over the world

Reference: The Iraq situation

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