Friday, December 08, 2006

Iraqi Refugees

Good piece on the de-stablization being created by Iraqi exiles (3,000/day) in Sunni Arab neighbors like Jordan, Syria, even Lebanon/Egypt.

From the article:

As they leave Iraq at a rate of nearly 3,000 a day, the refugees are threatening the social and economic fabric of both Jordan and Syria. In Jordan, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are trying to blend into a country of only 6 million inhabitants,
including about 1.5 million registered Palestinian refugees. The governments classify most of the Iraqis as visitors, not refugees. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimated in a report released last month that more than 1.6 million Iraqis have left since March 2003, nearly 7 percent of the population. Jordanian security officials say more than 750,000 are in and around Amman, a city of 2.5 million. Syrian officials estimate that up to one million have gone to the suburbs of Damascus, a city of three million. An additional 150,000 have landed in Cairo. Every month, 100,000 more join them in Syria and Jordan, the report said.


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