Millions Flee Iraq, Few Reach the U.S.
The United Nations estimates that two million Iraqis have fled the country, yet only 466 of them have been offered refugee status in the United States since the war in Iraq began in 2003. Where are a
Tom Fudge: We hear about the political turmoil and the violence in Iraq just about every day. But we don't often hear about the refugee crisis that war has created. The United Nations estimates that up to two million people have left Iraq since the beginning of the war. And, ironically, the country that started the war has taken very few of them in.
At last count, the United States has given fewer than 500 Iraqis political asylum since the invasion of Iraq in 2003. This fact resulted in several outraged speeches in the U.S. Senate last month. Senators on both sides of the aisle asked why the U.S. wasn't giving refugee status to people, many of whom have been persecuted for supporting the American war effort.
Bob Carey, vice president of Resettlement for the International Rescue Committee.
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