UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Fewer than half of the 82,500 Iraqi refugees referred for resettlement have left for new homes in other parts of the world, the United Nations said.
Since 2007, the U.N. refugee agency has referred 82,500 Iraqi refugees to 15 countries, with an estimated 62,000 destined for the United States and the rest to Sweden, Germany, Australia, Canada and other countries, a U.N. release said Friday.
So far, just 33,000 of those refugees have been resettled in new homes, U.N. spokesman Andrej Mahecic said in a statement.
"We urge States to expedite where possible the resettlement of those particularly at risk," Mahecic said.
An estimated 2 million Iraqi refugees are living in Syria and Jordan and another 2.7 million Iraqis have been internally displaced, most of them since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Mahecic said.