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2014 UNHCR country operations profile - Iraq

| Overview |

Working environment

  • Internal sectarian tensions and divisions are still polarizing Iraq, while the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria) continues to feed instability in the region.

  • Iraq is not only receiving large numbers of Syrian refugees, but is also seeing the return of many Iraqi refugees, particularly from Syria. Often these returnees cannot go back to their places of origin, leading to new secondary displacement inside Iraq.

  • With the growing number of Syrian refugees putting additional strains on local infrastructure and essential services, which were already significantly weakened by the years of war and instability, access to basic services for the Iraqi population itself remains problematic. Stagnant socio-economic development further affects daily life in Iraq, while institutional capacity remains limited. These conditions hamper the ability of internally displaced people to return home. With this context, UNHCR and its partners deliver assistance and protection to vulnerable groups which are often located in remote areas.

  • Although Iraq is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, the country has long been a host to refugees. A new refugee law has been drafted, and is pending with the Iraq Parliament and the Shura Council.

  • In 2013, the Government of Iraq has made significant financial contributions to support UNHCR's activities for Syrian refugees in Al Qa'im, Anbar governorate, and the Kurdistan regions since the early stages of the Syrian crisis.

People of concern

In 2014, the main populations of concern in Iraq will include: refugees and asylum-seekers from the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey who are mostly of Kurdish origin, and fled over a decade ago; Palestinians who were granted asylum by the previous regime, most of whom live in camps, settlements and urban areas across Iraq, mainly in the Kurdistan Region, but also in Baghdad and other central governorates; Syrians, the majority of whom currently reside in the Kurdistan Region or in Anbar Governorate; and growing numbers of Iraqi refugees returning to Iraq from neighbouring countries. There are approximately 1 million IDPs and 110,000 stateless people in Iraq who will be eligible for assistance from UNHCR.

Planning figures

UNHCR 2014 planning figures for Iraq
TYPE OF POPULATION ORIGIN Dec 2013 Dec 2014 Dec 2015
Total in country of whom assisted
Total in country of whom assisted
Total in country of whom assisted
Total 1,591,690 991,690 1,623,890 1,033,890 1,336,010 756,010
Refugees Palestinian 12,000 12,000 12,200 12,200 12,400 12,400
Syrian Arab Rep. 350,000 350,000 500,000 500,000 350,000 350,000
Turkey 15,500 15,500 15,650 15,650 15,850 15,850
Various 8,450 8,450 9,780 9,780 11,110 11,110
Asylum-seekers Islamic Rep. of Iran 3,260 3,260 3,460 3,460 3,650 3,650
Syrian Arab Rep. 1,200 1,200 1,300 1,300 1,400 1,400
Turkey 1,200 1,200 1,400 1,400 1,500 1,500
Various 80 80 100 100 100 100
Returnee arrivals during year (ex-refugees) Iraq 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 20,000 20,000
Internally displaced Iraq 1,000,000 500,000 900,000 400,000 800,000 300,000
Returnee arrivals during year (ex-IDPs) Iraq 50,000 50,000 40,000 40,000 30,000 30,000
Stateless people Stateless 110,000 10,000 100,000 10,000 90,000 10,000

| Response |

Needs and strategies

UNHCR works with the Government, humanitarian stakeholders and donors in Iraq to provide protection and durable solutions for people of concern. Priority areas will be advocacy, legal and protection interventions, basic assistance and support to IDPs in newly and protracted displacement situations, as well as capacity building of governmental and national non-governmental organization (NGO) partners.

The Office will strive to enhance asylum space through coordination on protection issues, capacity-building for national counterparts and NGOs, as well as enhanced monitoring and assessment of the protection environment.

UNHCR will continue to review the international protection needs of residents who were transferred from Camp New Iraq (formerly Ashraf ) to Hurriya in Baghdad within the framework of the memorandum of understanding signed on 25 December 2011 between the Government of Iraq and UNAMI, and will continue to assist the Government in finding a durable solution for those in need of international protection.

Greater emphasis will be placed on ensuring sustainable local integration as a durable solution for refugees, refugee returnees and IDP returnees. The Office will seek, in collaboration with the Government, to establish a strengthened social safety net for the most vulnerable people.

UNHCR will also work closely with partners and civil society institutions to enhance its response to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), through improved monitoring, increased capacity dedicated to prevention and awareness-raising, and an enhanced network of quality legal, medical and social or psycho-social services for referral.

The strategy for addressing the needs of Syrian refugees will encompass protection and registration, monitoring of SGBV, and the provision of life-sustaining assistance and services in the camps. Special attention will be given to outreach for Syrian refugees in urban areas.

| Implementation |


In 2014, UNHCR will continue to focus on the need for sustainable and inclusive programmes that provide linkages to key national entities, other UN agencies and development actors. It will therefore invest in building national partnerships to ensure that programmes can be sustained in the long-term. It will also advocacate for refugees to be included in national development programmes. In 2014, UNHCR will concentrate on strengthening coordination and collaboration with partners, including UNAMI, UN agencies, the Government and line ministries.

Moreover, UNHCR will continue to coordinate the international humanitarian response to the Syrian refugee emergency and a coordination mechanism will be maintained in Baghdad, co-led by UNHCR and the Ministry of Displacement and Migration, with the participation of concerned UN agencies, NGOs and other humanitarian actors.

2014 UNHCR partners in Iraq
Government of Iraq and Kurdistan Regional Government: Bureau of Displacement and Migration, Department of Displacement and Migration, Implementation and Follow-up Committee for National Reconciliation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Human Rights, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Migration and Displacement
NGOs: Agence d'Aide à la Coopération Technique et au Développement, AlKhair Humanitarian Organization, Association for Cultural Development for Civil Society, Association for Development for Civil Society, Association for Human Rights, Civil Development Organization, Consulting Bureau of Iraqi Engineering Union, Danish Refugee Council, Fuad, Happy Family Organization for Relief and Development, Harikar NGO, International Medical Corps, International Relief and Development, International Rescue Committee, INTERSOS, Iraq Board for Human Rights, Iraqi Humanitarian League for Human Rights, Iraqi Salvation Humanitarian Organization, Iraqi Youth League, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Kurdish Human Rights Watch, Mercy Corps, Millennium Relief and Development Services, Muslim Aid, Norwegian Refugee Council, Public Aid Organization, Qandil, Rafha Organization for Relief and Development, REACH, Rebuild Iraq Recruitment Programme, Resurrecting Iraqi People Centre, Save the Children Federation, Uruk, Women Development and Support Organization
Others: ICRC, IOM, MSB (Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency), OCHA, UN Women, UN-Habitat, UNICEF, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), UNOPS, WFP, WHO

| Financial information |

In recent years, the financial requirements for UNHCR's operation in Iraq have seen an overall increase from USD 239 million in 2010 to a revised budget of USD 293.7 million. This rise was primarily to address the needs related to the Syria Situation. While UNHCR's financial requirements for the Syria Situation will be reflected in the Regional Response Plan for Syrian refugees (RRP6), the overall budget for Iraq in 2014 is set at USD 216 million, a decrease from 2013 due to a drop in shelter construction. These financial requirements are based on the best estimates for 2014 using the information available as of mid-2013. In light of the evolving situation in Syria, any additional requirements, as they relate to the Syria emergency, will be presented in the Regional Response Plan for Syrian refugees (RRP6) and the Syrian Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP), with the situation undergoing further review in the course of 2014.

Source: UNHCR Global Appeal 2014-2105



Statistical Snapshot*
* As at January 2014
  1. Country or territory of asylum or residence. In the absence of Government estimates, UNHCR has estimated the refugee population in most industrialized countries based on 10 years of asylum-seekers recognition.
  2. Persons recognized as refugees under the 1951 UN Convention/1967 Protocol, the 1969 OAU Convention, in accordance with the UNHCR Statute, persons granted a complementary form of protection and those granted temporary protection. It also includes persons in a refugee-like situation whose status has not yet been verified.
  3. Persons whose application for asylum or refugee status is pending at any stage in the procedure.
  4. Refugees who have returned to their place of origin during the first six months of 2013. Source: Country of origin and asylum.
  5. Persons who are displaced within their country and to whom UNHCR extends protection and/or assistance. It also includes persons who are in an IDP-like situation.
  6. IDPs protected/assisted by UNHCR who have returned to their place of origin during the first six months of 2013.
  7. Refers to persons under UNHCR's statelessness mandate.
  8. Persons of concern to UNHCR not included in the previous columns but to whom UNHCR extends protection and/or assistance.
  9. The category of people in a refugee-like situation is descriptive in nature and includes groups of people who are outside their country of origin and who face protection risks similar to those of refugees, but for whom refugee status has, for practical or other reasons, not been ascertained.
The data are generally provided by Governments, based on their own definitions and methods of data collection.
A dash (-) indicates that the value is zero, not available or not applicable.

Source: UNHCR/Governments.
Compiled by: UNHCR, FICSS.
Residing in Iraq [1]
Refugees [2] 246,298
Asylum Seekers [3] 5,991
Returned Refugees [4] 60,881
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) [5] 954,128
Returned IDPs [6] 63,270
Stateless Persons [7] 120,000
Various [8] 0
Total Population of Concern 1,450,568
Originating from Iraq [1]
Refugees [2]
More info 401,417
Refugee figures for Iraqis in Jordan and the Syrian Arab Republic are Government estimates. UNHCR has registered and is assisting 48,600 Iraqis in both countries at year-end.
Asylum Seekers [3] 43,142
Returned Refugees [4] 60,881
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) [5] 954,128
Returned IDPs [6] 63,270
Various [8] 17
Total Population of Concern 1,522,855
Government Contributions to UNHCR
2013 Contributions Breakdown
Total contribution in USD: 9,965,812 [rank: 21]
Total contribution in currency: 11,660,000,000 (IQD)
Donor ranking per GDP: 9
Donor ranking per capita: 24
2013 Contributions chart
Contributions since 2000
2014 0
More info 9,965,812
Total contribution in USD: 9,965,812 [rank: 21]
Total contribution in currency: 11,660,000,000 (IQD)
Donor ranking per GDP: 9
Donor ranking per capita: 24
2012 0
2011 0
2010 0
2009 0
More info 8,000,000
Total contribution in USD: 8,000,000 (rank: 20)
Total contribution in currency: -
Donor ranking per GDP: 5
Donor ranking per capita: 25
2007 0
2006 0
2005 0
2004 0
2003 0
2002 0
2001 0
2000 0
Private Sector Contributions to UNHCR
Private sector fund raising 2013

Total contribution in USD: 613,380
Total contribution in currency: 378,332,000 (IQD); 290,019 (USD)
2013 Contributions chart
Contributions since 2006
2014 0
More info 613,380

Total contribution in USD: 613,380
Total contribution in currency: 378,332,000 (IQD); 290,019 (USD)
2012 0
2011 0
2010 0
2009 0
2008 0
2007 0
2006 0

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Syrians stream from their war-torn country into Iraq's Kurdistan region

Thousands of Syrians streamed across a bridge over the Tigris River and into Iraq's Kurdistan region on Thursday, August 15th. UNHCR Field Officer, Galiya Gubaeva, was on the ground with her camera.

Syrians stream from their war-torn country into Iraq's Kurdistan region

Iraq: Massive displacement from Mosul

In the past few days, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians have fled fighting in the northern city of Mosul and other areas. UNHCR staff are on the ground to monitor the outflow and help those in need. The needs are immense, but UNHCR is working to provide shelter, protection, and emergency items, including tents. Many of the displaced left their homes without belongings and some lack money for housing, food, water or medical care. They arrive at checkpoints between Ninewa governorate and the Kurdistan region with no idea of where to go next, or how to pay expenses.

UN agencies, humanitarian groups, and government officials are coordinating efforts to do what they can to aid those in need. UN agencies are making an emergency request for additional support. UNHCR is hoping to provide emergency kits as well as thousands of tents. UNHCR and its partners will also be working to protect and help the displaced.

The exodus in the north comes on top of massive displacement this year in the western Iraqi governorate of Anbar, where fighting since January has forced some half-a-million people to flee the province or seek shelter in safer areas.

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Many of the people arriving from Mosul at checkpoints between Ninewa and governorate and Iraq's Kurdistan region have limited resources and cannot afford to pay for shelter. Some people stay with family, while others are staying in hotels and using up their meagre funds.

In the village of Alqosh, some 150 people from 20 families, with little more than the clothes on their back, have been living in several overcrowded classrooms in a primary school for the past week. One member of the group said they had lived in a rented apartment in Mosul and led a normal family life. But in Alqosh, they feared for the welfare and education of their children and the presence of snakes and scorpions.

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Iraq: High Commissioner visits Arbat camp

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Iraq: Mosul Exodus

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Iraq: UN Chiefs Visits Syrian Refugees

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Iraq: Thousands of Syrians Cross the Tigris

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Angelina Jolie visits Baghdad

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Angelina Jolie in Iraq

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