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United Nations Agency for Refugees Criticizes Germany

Since the fall of Saddam Hussein, the German government has annulled refugee status of thousands of Iraqis, despite the security situation in their homeland.

Iraqi refugees register with immigartion officials in a tent

Many people are losing their refugee status, despite security situations in their homelands

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) on Friday, Aug. 22, criticized Germany for first recognizing and then withdrawing the refugee status of thousands of people.

In a report prepared for the European Court of Justice, the UNHCR was particularly critical of Germany's practice of giving people refugee status who had already returned to their homeland regardless of the security situation and whether they could live in dignity.

This practices runs contrary to the rules set out in the Geneva Convention on Refugees and under European law, the UNHCR argued.

Since the Iraq war and the fall of Saddam Hussein more than 17,000 Iraqis have had their refugee status annulled. This was despite a security situation in Iraq which was characterized by daily attacks as well as precarious living conditions and the lack of an effective authority in some parts of the country.

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