Iraq sets quota for Syrian refugees: Aid agencies

Reuters , Tuesday 20 Aug 2013

Kurdish Iraqi government in Iraq sets a quota of 3000 Syrian refugees to be allowed to enter Iraq daily

Syrian refugees continue to stream over the border into northern Iraq, where the Kurdistan regional government has put in place a daily quota of 3,000, aid agencies said on Tuesday.

About 30,000 refugees, believed to be mainly Syrian Kurds, have poured into Iraq since Thursday, and up to 3,000 are lined up to cross on Tuesday, the United Nations agency UNHCR said.

"The Kurdistan regional government authorities have put a daily quota for those refugees who will be allowed in. Today they will allow 3,000 persons in, but yesterday a similar quota of 3,000 was set but at the end of the day, 5,000 refugees were allowed to cross," Jumbe Omari Jumbe of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) told a news briefing in Geneva.

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