Iraqis 'fleeing rising violence'

  1. Thousands of Iraqis are fleeing the country every day, in what the UN's refugee agency describes as a steady, silent exodus.
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  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    Iraqi Refugee Crisis Seen Deepening

    Iraq is emerging as one of the fastest-growing refugee crises in the world, with an estimated 1.7 million Iraqis displaced from their homes and up to 100,000 fleeing the country to Jordan, Syria and other nations amid intensifying sectarian violence, U.S. officials and experts testified yesterday.

    Yet the United States has allowed only 466 Iraqis to immigrate under refugee status since 2003 -- including 202 out of 70,000 slots for refugees last year -- in part because of more stringent security screenings, officials said at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee.