Chile to receive 117 Palestinian refugees from Iraq

Chile has agreed to receive 117 Palestine refugees from Iraq who have spent months living in tents along the desert border with Syria, the government reported Thursday. The refugees - from 29 families who fled violence in Iraq - will begin to arrive on April 6, Deputy Interior Minister Felipe Harboe told a news conference. He urged Chileans to support the refugees, who will be settled in four municipalities in the center of the country. The Catholic Church and the UN agency for refugees are involved in the plan to bring the Palestinians. The background of the refugees "has been checked by the proper institutions. It's a group that represents no risk at all for our country," Harboe added.