Iraq grants Lebanon $2 million to ease refugee burden
he Iraqi government extended $2 million to Lebanon Tuesday to ameliorate the living conditions of the Iraqi refugees in Lebanon. The Iraqi Cabinet ratified a decision that gives Syria, Jordan and Lebanon $25 million “to [ease] the repercussions of the presence of Iraqi refugees’ in these countries,” Iraq’s Al-Sumariya TV reported. An official source in the Iraqi Immigration Ministry told the television station that the monetary donation aims “to soothe the burden that the huge number of Iraqi refugees’ might cause for these countries.” The same source added that the amount was divided according to the proportion of the refugees present in these countries. Hence, Syria was granted $15 million, Jordan was granted $8 million and Lebanon was given $2 million.