The file of the displaced Iraqis still does not find its way to a solution (Sebastian Meyer / Getty)
Yesterday, Tuesday, the Kurdistan Regional Government, in northern Iraq, revealed the presence of more than 900,000 displaced people spread in the camps and cities of the region, in the latest official census issued by a government agency.
And the Information and Information Department of the regional government stated in a statement, last night, that “after the Syrian crisis and the outbreak of the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the Kurdistan region became a refuge for a large number of refugees, and in 2022, the total number of displaced persons in the Kurdistan region reached about 665 thousand, The number of refugees has reached more than 248 thousand people.
The statement added that “the number of displaced people residing in the camps reached 230,000 people, and the number outside the camps reached 490,092 people, and there are 248,434 refugees in the region, including 93,966 refugees inside the camps, and 154,468 refugees outside the camps.”
Meanwhile, the Crisis Coordination Center at the Ministry of Interior of the Kurdistan Region, in northern Iraq, ruled out closing the camps for the displaced this year, due to the economic structure in the areas liberated from ISIS, which is still not suitable.
The Rudaw media network, which is funded by the regional government, quoted Hussein Kalari, the general director of the Crisis Management Coordination Center at the Ministry of Interior of the Kurdistan Region, as saying that “about 8 displaced families return to their areas every day, at a time when many displaced people want to move to live in camps because of the high cost of living in cities.”--
Clary added, “It is unlikely that the Iraqi government will be able to return the displaced in the camps of the Kurdistan region to their areas and close the camps this year, due to the unwillingness of the majority of the displaced to return, not to mention the problems of lack of water, electricity and services, in addition to the lack of job opportunities.”-
The official revealed that “his center has received requests from many displaced people who want to move from living in cities to camps because of the difficulty of life in cities, and their non-payment of rent, which relieves them of part of the burden.”
For his part, the independent deputy in the Iraqi Parliament, Basem Khashan, criticized the government’s negligence of the displaced file, Muhammad Shia’a al-Sudani, indicating, in a conversation with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, today, Wednesday, that “there is a government negligence, we do not know if it was intentional or not, regarding the issue of the displaced who They have been living in dilapidated tents for years, and this neglect is unacceptable, and urgent decisions must be taken to solve these problems, and support the liberated areas in order to establish stability in them, in addition to restoring life to the depopulated areas that are controlled by armed groups.”
Earlier, the Iraqi Minister of Migration and Displacement, Evan Jabro, confirmed that the government’s approach is to close the file of the camps, the majority of which are in the Kurdistan region, noting that there is “high coordination with the Kurdistan Regional Government to merge the camps and return those we can return.”
Despite the many government promises in Iraq regarding closing the displaced persons crisis, it is still strongly present due to the failure of the authorities in Baghdad to impose its control on all regions, expelling armed groups and returning the population.