Friday, March 13, 2009

Refugees: Germany to take in 2,500 Iraqi refugees

Germany will resettle 2,500 Iraqi refugees from Jordan and Syria, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Amman was quoted by local daily The Jordan Times on Friday.

UNHCR spokesperson Dana Bajjali said Thursday that upon Germany's request, 500 Iraqis will be resettled from the kingdom and 2,000 from Syria.

Seventeen cases involving 65 individuals have been accepted by the German government and the refugees are expected to leave Jordan soon, said the official, adding that there are 53,759 cases in Jordan registered at UNHCR.

According to the Norwegian research institute Fafo, the number of Iraqis living in the kingdom is estimated to be between 450,000and 500,000, Bajjali said. The majority reside in Jordan as "guests" rather than refugees, and they are offered free education and other services.
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