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IDP, refugee numbers slightly decreased in Kurdistan Region: KRG

  2021-04-29  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Undated photograph of a view from Quru Gisik camp east of Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Photo by Safin Hamed/ AFP
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees fell a bit in the Kurdistan Region in comparison to a previous report, according to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Interior’s Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC). 

“There are still 927,910 IDPs and refugees in Kurdistan [Region]; 666,958 IDPs and 240,794 Syrian, 8,661 Turkish, 10,669 Iranian, 746 Palestinian refugees, and (82) others,” the JCC said in its latest report published on Thursday (April 29). 

The current number of IDPs and refugees, 928,910, is slightly different from the JCC’s latest figure of 928,553.

The IDPs are struggling to return to their areas of origin in the war-stricken territories under the federal jurisdiction due to lack of public services or some fear of reprisal as they are accused of membership to Islamic State (ISIS) militants.  

“The majority of IDPs and refugees live with the host communities in the Region, while only (27%) living in the (36) camps, and (73%) live in outside camps,” the JCC reported. “41% of the total displaced population live in Erbil, 40% in Duhok, and 19% in Sulaymaniyah (Sulaimani).”

On April 4, the JCC said it needs at least $869 million to provide basic services to the refugees and IDPs. Iraqi government is pushing ahead with closing down the last meaning two IDP camps in Anbar and Nineveh under its grip. 

The international humanitarian organizations have voiced alarm over forced closure and returns.

(Zhyan English)