Iraqis: U.S. Contractors Block Refugee Applications A new U.S. law lets Iraqi employees who have risked their lives working for U.S. firms apply for refugee status in the United States. Some Iraqis tell NPR that U.S. contractors in Iraq reject requests for employment verification, thwarting the Iraqis' efforts to become eligible for the refugee program.
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Iraqis: U.S. Contractors Block Refugee Applications

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Iraqis: U.S. Contractors Block Refugee Applications

Iraqis: U.S. Contractors Block Refugee Applications

Iraqis: U.S. Contractors Block Refugee Applications

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A new U.S. law lets Iraqi employees who have risked their lives working for U.S. firms apply for refugee status in the United States. Some Iraqis tell NPR that U.S. contractors in Iraq reject requests for employment verification. In order to become eligible for the refugee program, companies must issue a letter to the employee confirming that they have worked for an American company.