Netherlands makes room for Iraqis

18th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

18 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Netherlands will set aside a significant number of the places available for resettling refugees for Iraqis, State secretary for justice Nebahat Albayrak said in Geneva on Tuesday.

18 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Netherlands will set aside a significant number of the places available for resettling refugees for Iraqis, State secretary for justice Nebahat Albayrak said in Geneva on Tuesday.

She was addressing a conference of the UNHCR, the UN's refugee organisation.

The Netherlands admits 500 people each year as part of a UNHCR resettlement programme. This help can be very important, Albayrak says, despite the limited scale.

By resettling the most vulnerable Iraqi refugees in the Netherlands, these individuals themselves are helped and resources on site are freed up for aid to other refugees in Iraq itself. The state secretary is looking into what else can be done for the most vulnerable groups in Iraq.

Various human rights groups have called on the Netherlands to do more for Iraqi refugees. Organisations IKV, Pax Christi, Cordaid, Hivos and the Refugee Foundation emphatically pointed out to the government last month that the Netherlands lent political support for the war that has resulted in this stream of refugees.

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