BAGHDAD /Aswat al-Iraq: The number of Iraqis in Jordan has recently dropped down to195,000, according to the Iraqi Embassy in Amman on Sunday.
"Thepersonal decisions to return home, sponsored by the Iraqi government, hadgreatly shared in decreasing the number of Iraqis in the Kingdom ofJordan," the Iraqi Ambassador to Amman, Jawad Hadi Abbas, told Jordanianal-Ghad Newspaper.
A report bythe Norwegian Fafo Organization had estimated the number of Iraqis in Jordan in2007 to have reached between 450,000 and 500,000, whilst the Jordaniangovernment had reported the presence of Iraqis in Jordan at 700,000.
The Iraqigovernment, represented by the Ministry of Immigrants and the Iraqi Embassy inAmman, had presented assistance for Iraqis who made the decision to return toIraq.
Theimprovement in the security and the living standards in Iraq had encouragedIraqis to return home, according to the Iraqi Embassy in Amman.
The Embassyexpressed hope that "larger numbers of Iraqis would return homesoon."
The finalstatement of the States, hosting Iraqis, held in Amman about 2 years ago, haveconfirmed that the real and active settlement for the problem of Iraqis in thehosting states, lie through the achievement of a suitable environment for thecurrent political process in Iraq, and any settlement that might take place forthis problem outside Iraq, remains to be "temporary and partial."
The statementalso confirmed "support for the efforts of the Iraqi government to improvethe humanitarian, living and security conditions inside Iraq, thing that wouldencourage its citizens, living in other states to return home quickly, alongwith the preparation of suitable circumstances for Iraqi citizens to stay intheir own homeland, along with their government's contribution to supportingthe hosting states."
Noteworthy isthat the Iraqi government had allocated 195 million US dollars to facilitatethe process of the self-return of its citizens from abroad, at a time when theUN High Commission for Immigrants Affairs had announced that 4.7 million Iraqishad left their country since the beginning of the American War against Iraq in2003, including more than 2 millions of them, living in Iraq's neighboringcountries, especially Syria and Jordan.
The IraqiAmbassador to Amman had stated earlier that Jordan had been granting visas for12,000 to 15,000 Iraqi citizens monthly to enter its territories.