US to accept Iraqi refugees

US to accept Iraqi refugees

WASHINGTON – The Bush administration plans to allow about 7 000 Iraqi refugees to settle in the United States over the next year, a huge expansion of a programme at a time when this country is facing international pressure to help some of the millions of refugees who have fled their battle-torn Mideast nation.

The United States has allowed only 463 Iraq refugees into the country since the war began. A senior state department official described the expanded programme on condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement.The administration also plans to pledge $18m for a worldwide resettlement and relief programme.The United Nations high commissioner for refugees has asked for $60m from nations around the world.Some 3,8m Iraqis have fled their country since the war began in March 2003.Nampa-APA senior state department official described the expanded programme on condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement.The administration also plans to pledge $18m for a worldwide resettlement and relief programme.The United Nations high commissioner for refugees has asked for $60m from nations around the world.Some 3,8m Iraqis have fled their country since the war began in March 2003.Nampa-AP

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