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Up to 750 European children trapped in north-east Syria
"Among them, the largest group of children in the range of 300, is reported to be French," Dominique Parent from the UN Human Rights Regional Office told MEPs on Thursday (6 November). Another 200 are from the Netherlands, 160 from Belgium, and 60 are UK nationals. The largest camp is known as Al-Hol and controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
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Politics aside, the numbers are significant. An estimated 28,000 children from more than 60 different countries remain trapped in north-east Syria. Of those, less than 20 percent are 12 years or older, and half of them are under the age of five. Some 20,000 are Iraqis. The remaining 8,000 come from other countries of which up to 750 are from EU member states.
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The European Commission is pressing EU states to step up the repatriations but its role is limited given the national security prerogatives of EU states. Instead, it is financing projects worth some €68m to help get food and shelter to people displaced by Turkey's military invasion into the territory.
separating families

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 17th, 2019 at 03:12:28 AM EST
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