From a Flood to a Trickle

Neighboring States Stop Iraqis Fleeing War and Persecution

Iraq: From a Flood to a Trickle

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Iraq’s neighbors are refusing entry, imposing onerous new passport and visa requirements, and building barriers to keep refugees out. In certain cases, they are also expelling Iraqis back to Iraq.This briefing paper focuses on new restrictive measures taken by Jordan and Egypt to prevent more refugees from coming. Syria, which is hosting about 1 million Iraqis, denied visas to Human Rights Watch researchers seeking to document their situation. Saudi Arabia is building a US$7 billion high-tech barrier on its border to keep Iraqis out, while Kuwait is categorically rejecting Iraqi asylum seekers.