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Plea made for increasing Iraqi asylum quotas

The Local · 8 Jan 2011, 12:36

Published: 08 Jan 2011 12:36 GMT+01:00

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Körting wrote in a letter that only 2,500 Iraqis had been granted asylum in Germany, and that this was not enough. Most of the Iraqi refugees here were Christians who had fled the chaos and persecution in their homeland.

“If Syria and Jordan are each in the position to take a million refugees or more, then we should increase our willingness to accept religious minorities from Iraq from 2,500 to 25,000,” Körting said Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday.

Of the 1.2 million Christians who lived in Iraq in 2003, around 900,000 have fled the country.

Der Spiegel reported that the German Foreign Ministry’s latest report on the situation says that the mass flight from Iraq would likely continue and would be very difficult to stop.

The Iraqi state authorities were powerless to stop or prevent the acts of violence being perpetrated against Christians, the report says, according to Der Spiegel.

German Catholics have organised their own initiative to try to help Christians facing persecution, while Trier bishop Stephan Ackermann is due to travel to Jerusalem this week to investigate the situation for Christians in Israel and the Palestinian regions.

Violence against Christians has received increased attention since New Year’s Eve when 21 Coptic Christians were killed in an attack on a church in Alexandria, Egypt.

Volker Kauder, head of the Christian Democrats' parliamentary bloc, has become increasingly engaged on the subject, according to a report in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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He travelled to Egypt shortly after the attack on the Coptic Christians, and said the CDU would, “again become the lawyer for persecuted Christians.”

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16:44 January 8, 2011 by hOU
Winning idea.

Open the gates to 25,000 Iraqi's (what skills they do or don't have is anyone's guess) get 'em on Hartz IV sharpish. The cost? Ignore that, tax us more! The language school sector will flourish as 25, 000 extra students will all need an Integration's Course, over what? The next two 2 years? After that, finding well-paid, fulfilling work will be little more than a formality.

25, 000 you gotta be sh@tting me? Why not 4 million? We've a nation to rebuild here!
10:23 January 9, 2011 by dbert4
I am sympathetic to the Iraqis. And the US should take them ALL in, with help from the Brits of course. They created the mess, let them try to fix it.
12:13 January 9, 2011 by tallady
@ dbert4,,you sure can not refute that,send them to George Bush's ranch in Texas and if any more need help they can stay with Tony Blair.
17:19 January 9, 2011 by wenddiver
Why do you think they travel right past all those other countrys to get to Germany? Could this be economic? Are you going to take the 40 million Muslims who now claim to be Christain. They went through the whole war safely, but now that there is peace in Iraq they need to leave.

Go ahead pay for it, the rest of the World will laugh at you, but go ahead.

@dber4t and tallady- Ever see the movie "Dumb and Dumber"?
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19:37 January 10, 2011 by Prufrock2010
Bush lives in a gated suburban community now. They don't let blacks or Iraqis in, and Mexicans are only allowed in to do landscaping and domestic labor. I say send 'em to Cheney up in Wyoming. He should have room, and god knows he can afford it with all the money he made from Haliburton during the Iraq war.
18:32 January 13, 2011 by mixxim
What skills do they have? In the UK they are all car washing. Perhaps every German car owner should have one?
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