Host countries of Iraqi refugees meet in Amman

Host countries of Iraqi refugees are scheduled to meet in Amman Thursday to seek means of support for harbouring the 2-million-plus Iraqis who have fled their country since the US invasion in 2003.

Host countries of Iraqi refugees meet in Amman
Host countries of Iraqi refugees are scheduled to meet in Amman Thursday to seek means of support for harbouring the 2-million-plus Iraqis who have fled their country since the US invasion in 2003.

The meeting is expected to be attended by Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Turkey and Iran as well as representatives for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and donor countries, officials said.

"The meeting will discuss means for extending support to the host countries of Iraqi refugees to enable them to cope with the big burdens and pressures they are facing in various sectors due to the drain on their services," the Jordanian Foreign Ministry said.

According to the UNHCR, more than 2 million Iraqis have taken refuge in neighbouring countries, particularly in Jordan and Syria, where they are placing a heavy burden on their hosts.

The UNHCR described the exodus as the largest long-term population movement in the Middle East since the displacement of Palestinians that followed the creation of Israel in 1948.

On July 12, the UN refugee agency said that it had more than doubled its annual appeal for funding to help uprooted Iraqis, to 123 million dollars, to boost medical care, shelter and other support.

The UNHCR warned that the housing, education and health care resources in Jordan and Syria were severely strained due to the continued influx of Iraqis.

According to preliminary statistics, about 1.4 million Iraqis have fled to Syria and 750,000 to Jordan.

Earlier this year, the Jordanian government and UNHCR assigned the Norwegian Fafo foundation the task of conducting a census of Iraqi refugees in Jordan.

DPA

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Temmuz 2007, 17:00
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