Wednesday, October 26, 2005

In the News: 10 Bangladeshis seek asylum in Kosovo

The word refugee is commonly heard in connection with Kosovo, but not in this way.  In a strange, ironic sort of first, Kosovo yesterday was presented with its first asylum seekers.  That’s right, thirteen people from central Asia are seeking asylum here!

Thirteen people from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan are seeking asylum in the UN protectorate of Kosovo, the UN refugee agency said yesterday.
"Ten people from Bangladesh, two from India and one from Pakistan arrived on a flight from Istanbul on Monday. They have sought asylum in Kosovo," said Shpend Halili, a spokesman for the UNHCR in Kosovo.

"It is an unusual case and a new experience for Kosovo," which has no system for dealing with such cases, Halili told AFP.

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