Jordan: Iraqis queue for new passport applications

March 18, 2007 15:33

Displaced Iraqis queued in droves outside their embassy in the Jordanian capital on Sunday to apply for new passports that could provide greater travel possibilities. Most of the estimated 750,000 Iraqis living in Jordan since the 2003 invasion of their country have old, handwritten passports that are easy to forge and aren't electronically readable. The new documents, known as G-series passports, meet international security standards and should make it easier for Iraqis in exile to travel to Europe or North America. An official at the Iraqi embassy said all Iraqis citizens could apply for the new passports, but that the documents would be issued first to people traveling for work purposes.

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