European countries deporting Kurds
Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 25, 2012
Why not? The Kurdish region of Iraq is now safe. I think this case shows clearly that getting into Europe, Australia, Canada or the US is really the goal and most so-called “asylum-seekers” are in truth economic migrants using turmoil at home as an excuse to move out.
Maybe these countries have Kurdish gang problems as we do in Nashville!
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region– Around 11,000 Kurdish asylum-seekers are facing deportation from Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands, according to the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees (IFIR).
Aras Rasoul was detained by British police after checking in at a train station, a routine required of rejected asylum-seekers. He says that he was sent back to Iraq in a plane blindfolded, among 56 other asylum-seekers.
Rasoul had only £50 when he was deported, and was not offered any assistance to reintegrate into society when he returned to the Kurdistan Region. His experience is not an isolated one. Hundreds of young Kurdish men have been deported to Kurdistan due to improved conditions and have had similar experiences.
“Conditions for Kurdish asylum-seekers in Europe are getting worse,” said Amanj Abdullah, head of the Kurdistan branch of the IFIR. “European countries use asylum-seekers as a political card and the Iraqi government has struck deals with them at the expense of the life and dignity of the asylum-seekers.”
Abdullah says that, if agreements between the Iraqi and European governments are not revoked, 35,000 asylum-seekers will face the possibility of deportation, “with 90 percent of them being Kurdish.”
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