Monday 29 September 2008

EU must take in Iraqi refugees- UN High Commissioner on Refugees- tells EU Meeting on Assylum

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. Agenzia Fides 26/09/2008)

Article By Marc Aupiais

The United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, António Guterres, recently addessed the EU (European Union) Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs as a guest at a meeting, organized by the French EU President. He asked for a resettlement program to be created to sort out the needs of refugees from Iraq- who cannot safely live in their own country due to conflict.

Many have moved to Jordan or Syria for the time being (about 2 million). These refugees include minority Christians suffering harsh persecution.

The UNHCR has joined the World Food Program and Caritas- in asking for some form of immediate action on trying to aid the dire situation in the country.

The EU has at times been controversial in its strict asylum procedures.

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