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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Nearly a Quarter of a Million Syrian Refugees Are in Iraq. How Desperate Must You Be to Consider IRAQ a Refuge?

For those critical of the refugee influx in Europe this is a reminder that the bulk are still in camps in the Middle East. I continue to be astounded that nearly a quarter of a million Syrians have fled to IRAQ.

Attention: all those Western journalists on the Serbian-Hungarian border: does it only become a story at an EU Frontier?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A large percent of these refugees are Syrian Kurds for whom the KRG has set up camps. A lot of their young men volunteered for military training and may be fighting alongside the Peshmerga or YPD. In contrast, Other Syrians who fled to Iraq did not get as warm a reception in either Kurdistan or areas under Baghdad's control.