IRC Team Examines Plight of Iraqi Refugees
In addition to the refugees in Jordan and Syria, some 1.7 million people are displaced within Iraq. Last month, the IRC urged the U.S., the European Union and other leading nations to respond quickly to the plight of the Iraqi refugees and to support U.N. efforts to assist them. “The flight of almost two million Iraqi citizens to other countries makes this a refugee crisis of historic proportions,” said IRC president George Rupp. “It is urgent that the international community meet the U.N. refugee agency’s appeal for $60 million as a first step in addressing the needs of these people.”
During the past year, only 202 Iraqi refugees were resettled in the United States.