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UNHCR thanks Italy for welcoming Iranian refugees


Rome, March 4 - The UN High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday thanked Italy for welcoming seven
Iranian refugees from Camp Hurriya in Iraq.
In a statement issued by UNHCR Italia, the agency welcomed
the Italian government's decision to let into the country a
total of 15 Iranian refugees from Iraq, including the seven
latest arrivals.
This is giving "hope to Iranian citizens still living in
Camp Hurriya whose safety is in grave danger," said Laurens
Jolles, UNHCR delegate for southern Europe.
Camp Hurriya near Baghdad has been repeatedly targeted for
attack, including a deadly rocket bombardment in December,
prompting the UN refugee agency to ask Iraqi authorities to ramp
up security at the camp.
The UN refugee agency has also called on the international
community to help relocate its 3,200 residents to safe locations
outside Iraq.
Former Camp Ashraf, where residents were previously
staying, mainly hosted Iranian exiles including several members
of a group known as the People's Mojahedeen of Iran.
More than 3,000 residents were subsequently relocated to
Camp Hurriya, previously known as Camp Liberty, while the UNHCR
determined their refugee status to resettle them outside the
country, under an agreement signed in December 2011 between the
UN and the Iraqi government.

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