Saturday, August 23, 2008

Poland to offer asylum, money to Iraqis

Poland's prime minister says his country will offer asylum or a $40,000 payment to any Iraqi working for its military or police in Iraq.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk said his government on Tuesday approved the plan. Poland has decided to withdraw its troops from Iraq this October. There is a fear that Iraqis who worked for the U.S. allies could become the target of attacks.

Tusk said that the plan covers Iraqi translators and other workers. He did not say how many people the scheme would cover.

They can choose between the right to live in Poland with government assistance or have $40,000 per person if they stay in Iraq or settle in a third country.

Poland contributed troops for the 2003 invasion of Iraq and now has 900 soldiers there.