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ei: Palestinian refugees from Iraq heading to Brazil

ei: Palestinian refugees from Iraq heading to Brazil: "AMMAN, 4 July 2007 (IRIN) - After spending over four years languishing in a refugee camp in the Jordanian desert, 100 Palestinian refugees from Iraq will finally be heading to their new home -- Brazil.

A statement by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), said the group, which includes children and the elderly, will start moving from Rweished refugee camp, 60km from the Jordanian-Iraqi border, to Brazil by September.

'The UNHCR is grateful to ... the government of Brazil for resettling an estimated 100 Palestinian refugees who formerly lived in Iraq,' said the statement made available to IRIN.

The refugees will be sent to their new country in three batches, with priority given to the elderly and families with children.

According to the plan, an estimated 22 families will be settled in Sao Paulo state, while 18 families will go to Rio Grande do Sul, in the southeast and southern regions of Brazil, said the statement.

Unaccompanied elderly refugees will be settled in a home for the elderly where medical treatment is to be provided."

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