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High Commissioner's mission to Iraq

Briefing notes

High Commissioner's mission to Iraq

25 November 2008

High Commissioner António Guterres arrives in Baghdad today for a 3-day visit that will include meetings with top government officials and a review of UNHCR's work with our national and international staff in the country.

The Iraq mission is the third by Guterres in 18 months and will include field visits aimed at getting a better perspective on programmes for internally displaced Iraqis as well as prospects for the possible eventual return of refugees.

There are more than 2 million IDPs and close to 2 million Iraqi refugees outside the country, according to figures provided by host governments.