Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

EU officials reject need for greater Iraqi refugee resettlement in Europe

European Union nations do not consider the current refugee crisis urgent enough for Europe to open its doors to more Iraqi asylum seekers, German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on April 20, according to The Associated Press.

According to Schaeuble, the problem should be addressed by providing help regionally. He said that EU aid should be channeled into helping to resettle Iraqi refugees in Jordan , Syria and Iraq , and added that EU nations are ready to disburse additional funds. Nevertheless, EU Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner Franco Frattini, said he would set aside special funds for EU nations who want to take in more refugees.

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