Iraqi Refugees Returning Home

An estimated 2.3 million Iraqi refugees fled the sectarian violence that erupted in the country after Saddam Hussein was overthrown in the United States-led offensive of 2003.

Despite a programme launched by the Iraqi government in 2007 to encourage the Iraqi diaspora to return home, until recently relatively few had taken up the offer.

Now the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) reports that this situation is starting to change.

Dindar Najman, Iraq’s minister for migration and displacement, told IWPR that although his ministry did not have exact figures, he estimated that the numbers ran into tens of thousands since the beginning of 2011.

While the report suggests that turmoil in other countries following the Arab Spring is a significant factor, the reversal of years of exodus must still be seen as a positive development for Iraq.

Let’s hope that these returning exiles will use their foreign experience and their dynamism for the benefit of the new Iraq.

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2 Responses to Iraqi Refugees Returning Home

  1. Adnan Mayah May 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    In fact, I see that these news are optimistic something, I myself waiting the approval of admission in a European university to flee, I and my family suffer from discrimination both here in Kurdistan and Baghdad although my wife is a university professor and me as an engineer with consultant status along with higher degree from European universities. Furthermore, two of cousins are now waiting for approval from UNHCR in Turkey to immigrate to another country after one of them has lost his eye during the recent series of violence hit Baghdad. Also, I met a Kurdish family return from Sweden to Erbil, they stayed for around one year, the father spend whole the year just to get remedy or to retrieve his carrier but with no way, he and his family were always comparing life there in Sweden and in Kurdistan (Although Kurdistan is consider relatively in better situation than other Iraq’s parts), at the end they go back to Sweden during the summer holiday of 2011.

    I have a lot of stories which support that human rights in Iraq is going from bad to worse, and Iraqis will never miss any opportunity to flee outside Iraq.

  2. sheytanelkebir June 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    adnan is correct.

    the only ones returning are the ones who have no choice. iraqis are still queuing up to leave… mostly because society is unbearable.