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Saturday, January 31, 2009

"Relocation of Palestinian refugees from Iraq to Sudan moving forward," Refugees International, January 29, 2009.

[Is this progress?]

  "Sudan will not provide them with a path to citizenship and the Palestinians will be vulnerable to civil unrest and threats of expulsion."
Kristele Younes
Senior Advocate
Refugees International

Washington D.C. -- The new U.S. administration must join with other countries and urgently resettle 3,000 Palestinian refugees from the Syrian-Iraqi border, Refugees International (RI) announced today. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Sudan will soon be relocating this population to pre-fabricated housing in Khartoum. As the three parties prepare to take the refugees to Sudan, RI called for the U.S. and other resettlement countries to ensure a voluntary, dignified process that allows this vulnerable population to find a permanent, stable home.

"The Obama administration must step in and send a clear message to the world that we are interested in helping displaced people find stable homes," said Kristele Younes, Senior Advocate with Refugees International. "The plan to send Palestinians trapped at the Iraqi-Syrian border to Sudan is outrageous. The U.S. has finally started resettlement processing for vulnerable, displaced people inside Iraq who have not had the resources to flee their country. These Palestinians are among the most vulnerable, and the U.S. should prioritize their resettlement."

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