Nearly 1 million refugees, asylum seekers, in Kurdistan Region

Kurdistan Region Government dedicated 842 million US dollars annually to the internally displaced persons IDPs, asylum seekers and refugees.
Internally displaced people and asylum seeking, and refugees' camps (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
Internally displaced people and asylum seeking, and refugees' camps (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The stability and security in the Kurdistan Region, kindness, hospitality and humanitarian-assisting spirit in Kurds and the regional government made neighboring countries and their people turn to the region as a refuge during peace, war, and emergency time.

Kurdistan Region Government opened the doors for the internally displaced persons IDPs, civilians who flee war and violence and refugees from Syria, Iran, Turkey and Palestinians.  

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According to official sources, the UNDP and the other humanitarian aid stopped assisting Kurdistan Region Government since 2017 due the pandemic, lack of funds and economic crisis. The Kurdistan Region Government and Kurdish people helped the IDPs, asylum seekers and refugees from their own budget and personal expenses.

The Kurdistan Region Government assisted the IDPs, refugees and asylum seekers by offering access to the health treatment, education, social and accommodating. The Kurdish government dedicated 80% of the aid from its own budgeting, which is nearly 842 million US dollars annually.

Regarding the education, the Kurdistan Region Government allocated 53 schools to IDPs, the asylum seekers and refugees. There are 40 thousand and 410 IDPs and refugee and asylum-seeking pupils and students.

 Almost one million IDS, asylum-seeking and refugees are in Kurdistan Region, 269 thousand and 293 are refugees and asylum-seeking people. The Kurdistan Region Government funds them by putting 842 million US dollars for the services needed by IDPs, asylum seekers and refugees.

In Kurdistan Region 900 thousand and 467 IDPs and refugees live outside the refugees’ camps, 251 thousand and 475 asylum seekers and refugees from Syria. 7 thousand and 796 from Turkey. 8 thousand and 357 from Iran. 652 from Palestine, as well as 10 thousand and 13 from the other countries.

It is said, in 2023, 2 thousand and 97 people returned to their own countries, meanwhile 3 thousand and 389 asylum seekers enter Kurdistan region.