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Work With the European Union to Address the Iraqi Refugee Crisis
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Work With the European Union to Address the Iraqi Refugee Crisis

A comprehensive solution to the Iraqi refugee crisis must include action and cooperation between the government of Iraq, regional governments, the United Nations, international donors, the U.S. government, European Union, and non-government organizations. European Union member states should: Expand resettlement programs for Iraqis Standardize asylum applicationsƒƒ Increase humanitarian assistance ƒƒfunding and bilateral support in the education and health sectors to countries hosting Iraqi refugees Do not force Iraqis to return against ƒƒtheir will Urge the government of Iraq to ƒcreate peaceful conditions through reconciliation

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Violence in Iraq and the debate over continued U.S. engagement have overshadowed one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. Since 2006, sectarian fighting, political and criminal violence, lack of basic services, loss of livelihoods, spiraling inflation and uncertainty about the future pushed more than four million Iraqis from their homes, and made another four million dependent on assistance. Neighboring countries, which accepted more than two million refugees, now impose harsher visa restrictions, creating a “pressure-cooker” situation.

Those rendered homeless by the war are often unable to return safely to their homes yet are running out of resources abroad.

A comprehensive solution to the Iraqi refugee crisis must include action and cooperation between the government of Iraq, regional governments, the United Nations, international donors, the U.S. government, European Union, and non-government organizations.

European Union member states should:

  • Expand resettlement programs  for Iraqis
  • Standardize asylum applicationsƒƒ
  • Increase humanitarian assistance ƒƒfunding and bilateral support in the education and health sectors to countries hosting Iraqi refugees
  • Do not force Iraqis to return against ƒƒtheir will
  • Urge the government of Iraq to ƒcreate peaceful conditions through reconciliation

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