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Iraqis Top UN List Of Asylum Seekers Again

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GENEVA, Switzerland, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The U.N. refugee agency said that despite a decline in the number of asylum-seekers from Iraq, the country continues to top the list.

The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said in its most recent report that the number of asylum-seekers from Iraq dropped 18 points to 10 percent compared with 2007. Those numbers, however, still made up more than 12 percent of all asylum applications to industrialized nations, the report said.

UNHCR said 20 percent of Iraqis had filed for asylum in Sweden in 2007, with Germany, Turkey and the Netherlands close behind. Sweden, however, has shifted its position on asylum applications, resulting in more Iraqis turning to Germany, where application levels increased fourfold from 2007 levels

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