Syria starts imposing visa restrictions on Iraqi citizens

October 1, 2007 16:56

Syria began requiring visas for Iraqis entering the country Monday a measure that is aimed to stem the steady flow of Iraqis fleeing their war-torn nation into their western neighbor, a Syrian official said. An estimated 1.5 million Iraqis have already fled to Syria, at a rate that increased after Jordan began imposing its own strict visa restrictions on Iraqis. The two countries have born the brunt of the wave of refugees fleeing Iraq's turmoil. They have repeatedly appealed for financial help, saying the refugees are burdening their security, health, and education infrastructure.

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