Iraq: Information on whether there are restrictions on the right of Iraqis of Iranian origin, who were expelled to Iran after 1979, to return to Iraq
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 January 1992|
|Citation / Document Symbol||IRQ10106|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Iraq: Information on whether there are restrictions on the right of Iraqis of Iranian origin, who were expelled to Iran after 1979, to return to Iraq, 1 January 1992, IRQ10106, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ac0d54.html [accessed 19 September 2014]|
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A representative of the Arab League in Ottawa offered the following information during a telephone interview on 17 January 1992.
The Iraqi government expelled many Iraqis of Iranian descent to Iran after 1979 for fear of their presence in Iraq. The representative states that, by and large, Iraqis of Iranian origin in Iraq, who are Shias, are ill-treated and denied sensitive government positions because they are suspected of being Iranian sympathizers.
According to the Arab League source, since the original Iraqi fear of Iraqis of Iranian descent has increased because of the 1991 Shiite-uprising in southern Iraq, these people cannot return to Iraq; the Iraqi authorities would not issue them entry visas to Iraq. However, if they somehow entered Iraq, they would face punishments including the death penalty.
Attached please find copies of Responses to Information Request Nos. IRQ1565, IRQ3434, IRQ4240, IRQ4007 and IRQ4817 and their attachments on the status of Iraqis of Iranian descent in Iraq.
Additional and/or corroborating information on the subject is currently unavailable to the IRBDC.
Arab League, Ottawa. 17 January 1992. Telephone Interview with Representative.
Immigration and Refugee Board Documentation Centre (IRBDC), Ottawa. 13 July 1990. Response to Information Request No. IRQ4240.
.23 February 1990. Response to Information Request No. IRQ3434.
. 25 January 1990. Response to Information Request No. IRQ4817.
. 25 January 1990. Response to Information Request No. IRQ4007.
. 20 July 1989. Response to Information Request No. IRQ1565.