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The European Union says it is ready to accept up to 10,000 Iraqis

ICC Note

The decision by EU to accept Iraqi refugees is a welcome development. Minorities such as Christians are disproportionately affected by the conflict in Iraq and more Western countries should accept Christians and other vulnerable refugees.

11/28/2008 Iraq (BBC News)-The European Union says it is ready to accept up to 10,000 Iraqi refugees, many of whom are living in extreme hardship in Jordan and Syria.

The agreement came at an EU meeting in Brussels on Thursday, where interior ministers received a new report on conditions at refugee camps.

Priority will be given to those with medical needs, torture victims, single mothers and religious minorities.

The UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, welcomed the EU pledge as a “positive step”, saying it had been pressing the EU for 18 months to offer more protection to vulnerable Iraqi refugees.

Not a binding commitment

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