Sweden received 9,300 asylum claims from Iraqi refugees, out of a total of 19,800 claims made to 36 countries during the first six months of this year, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said. The agency said "the large Iraqi community in that country and its strong social network might account for the high number of Iraqi asylum seekers there." The total number of applications is 45 percent higher than in the last six months of 2006, when 13,600 applications were made. The figures are also more than double those for the first six months of 2006, the agency said.
The figures are based on data provided by 36 industrialized countries to the UNHCR. The United States expects to have admitted only 1,600 to 1,700 Iraqi refugees in the financial year that ends September 30, U.S. officials said Friday. That's fewer than earlier estimates of 2,000 or more for the year. Officials from the departments of State and Homeland Security predict that the number of Iraqi refugees admitted to the U.S. soon will rise to 1,000 a month.
About 2.2 million Iraqis live outside their country, mostly in Syria and Jordan, the United Nations said. Another million have been uprooted from their homes but are still in Iraq officials say. Assistance groups such as Refugees International consider the the situation the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world.
worst Imigrant crisis in the world
That really is sick! Bush talks about Darfur while he has purposely created a worse situation in the middle east and Bush and Ahmadinejad do their best everyday to spread this to Iran then the entire middle east.
Threats and economic sanctions will not stop Iran's technological progress, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned Saturday at a large parade featuring fighter jets and radar-avoiding missiles designed to show off the country's military might.
"Those (countries) who assume that decaying methods such as psychological war, political propaganda and the so-called economic sanctions would work and prevent Iran's fast drive toward progress are mistaken," Ahmadinejad said at the parade. Ahmadinejad comments come as discussions continue by the United States and its European allies over a third round of U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iran for its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment.
The military parade outside the capital Tehran marked the 27th anniversary of the Iraqi invasion of Iran that sparked the bloody 1980-88 war. Iran used the parade to display its latest weapons, including radar-avoiding missiles, super-fast torpedoes, unmanned surveillance drones, battle tanks and other domestically produced weapons. Some of the trucks carrying Iranian missiles were painted at the back the popular slogans: "Down with the U.S." and "Down with Israel."
I don't understand the in your face display of weaponry at this fragile time unless it is a push to war and the chief idiot will accomodate him to all our demise. It is only fair to say that Iran launched an arms development program during its 1980-88 war with Iraq to compensate for a U.S. weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own jet fighters, torpedoes, radar-avoiding missiles, tanks and armored personnel carriers. So what does Bush expect from sanctions?
At the same time the US and France are doing their end in this march to war, death, and millions more immigrants. The U.S. and France have reached an agreement on how to pressure Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday.
Ms. Rice and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, appearing in a joint news conference, both spoke of the need for new sanctions against Iran. "I think that there's, essentially, no difference . Rice is involved with this so like everything else she has done for Bush, guarantee failure is built in and the expected results so they can say they tried "the facade" of Diplomacy before they were forced to attack and enforce their will and new order or so they think.
This will only end one way as has been the plan all along. The chief idiot would prefer Iran to lay down but he will fight if he must and nothing like sense is going to deter him. The entire will be embroiled! We are all in trouble!