Poland: 16 African refugees granted asylum

2011-06-17 11:53
Warsaw - Poland has granted asylum to 16 Christian refugees who accompanied Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski on a flight back from Tunisia.

The Foreign Ministry described the six adults and 10 children on Friday as political refugees from Eritrea and Nigeria whose lives have been upturned by turmoil in North Africa.

It described the move as a gesture of symbolic support for Christian minorities in the region.

Sikorski landed in Warsaw in the middle of the night with the refugees after visiting Tunisia.

The ministry said the refugees fled their homelands and found asylum first in Libya and then Tunisia.

It said Poland was also granting them asylum to help Tunisia which is struggling to cope with a rising number of refugees fleeing the civil war in neighbouring Libya.

- AP
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