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Another 23 Iraqi Christian refugees to arrive in Prague on Sunday

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Prague, March 15 (CTK) – Another 23 Christian refugees, who have left Iraqi areas invaded by the terrorist Islamic State, will arrive in the Czech Republic on Sunday, Martin Frydl, from the organising Generation 21 Foundation, told CTK yesterday.
Last year, the Czech government met Generation 21’s proposal to accept 37 Christian Iraqi families, a total of 153 people.
Several groups of them have already arrived this year, the first one in January.
Together with the group expected on Sunday, a total of 91 of them will have arrived in the Czech Republic.
The new group is scheduled to land at the Prague-Ruzyne airport at 14:30 on Sunday.
It will be comprised of seven men, six women and ten children under 17.
Fifteen of them will be temporarily accommodated in Prague and the remaining eight in Smilovice, north Moravia, where 14 members of the preceding group live.
Like the preceding groups’ members, the new arrivals will undergo courses acquainting them with Czech culture, society and language.
After about two months, they will move to standard flats. Then they are to be granted Czech asylum and they should start seeking jobs, with Generation 21’s assistance.
“We will choose jobs for them from among the offers that private entrepreneurs and firms have sent to us. We will also choose the places where the local believers will accept the refugees in their communities,” said Jan Talafant, director of Generation 21, which not only organises but also finances the resettlement project worth 15 million crowns.
Before being resettled to the Czech Republic, the refugees chosen by Generation 21 underwent security checks by Czech intelligence services, had interviews with Czech state bodies and were examined by doctors.
Apart from Prague and Smilovice, they have been accommodated in Brno and in Okrouhlik near Jihlava, south Moravia.
($1=24.324 crowns)

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