Saturday, September 4, 2010

Deportation of Iraqis from Europe worries U.N. agency

Washington Times
September 3, 2010

The United Nations’ refugee agency is expressing concern that Western European countries are forcibly deporting Iraqi citizens back to Iraq.

Sixty-one people, most of them Iraqis living in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Britain, were flown back to Baghdad this week.

Adrian Edwards, a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said in Geneva that the agency was “very concerned” about these developments.

"We strongly urge European governments to provide Iraqis with protection until the situation in their areas of origin in Iraq allows for safe and voluntary returns," Mr. Edwards said.