Iraqi Refugees Flood Into Syria and Jordan

Iraqis are fleeing to their neighbors by the millions, while the U.S. sits pretty
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Mar 21, 2007 12:38 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The Iraq war has created nearly two million refugees, and they're going largely ignored by world governments, the UN warns. "There has been an abject denial of the impact, the humanitarian impact, of the war," says a UN refugee agency spokesperson. Most of the refugees stream into neighboring Syria and Jordan, threatening to further destabilize the region.

As of February 2007, the U.S. had taken in only 463 refugees, but promised to up the number to 7,000 after it came under UN sharp criticism. That's less than 1% of the number Syria alone handles.