Tag Archives | Refugees

Amb. Faily Speaks at Brookings

By John Lee. Iraq's Ambassador to the US Lukman Faily (pictured) has joined the Lebanese Ambassador in Washington Antoine Chedid and a panel of experts to discuss the growing regional crisis of Syrian refugees and potential conflict overspill from the war. The event was hosted by The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and held […]

UN Aid Reaching Refugees

UN High Commissioner António Guterres is in Iraq as part of a delegation of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and ahead of tomorrow's pledging conference in Kuwait. This morning, they have been at the Kawergosk refugee camp near Erbil in northern Iraq, talking to refugee families and seeing the facilities. Kawergosk hosts 13,000 Syrian refugees who […]

Video: Winter Misery for Iraq's Syrian Refugees

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Many Syrian refugees have spent months living in makeshift tents in sprawling camps. And with the onset of winter, life is about to get even tougher. Al Jazeera's Imran Khan reports from the […]

UK Helps Protect Syrian Children Fleeing to Iraq

Britain will give vulnerable Syrian children fleeing to Iraq the protection they need, International Development Secretary Justine Greening (pictured) announced on Wednesday. There are around 200,000 Syrian refugees now in Iraq to escape the ongoing violence, the majority in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, with more arriving every day. This follows the sudden opening of […]

New Schools in Syrian Refugee Camps

It’s been nearly two months since the government in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq reopened its borders to accept refugees fleeing conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic. Some 63,000 Syrian people have crossed the border since mid-August. In mid-September, as the school year was about to begin, two of these refugees, at two different camps, […]

Oil and Gas Companies Pledge Humanitarian Aid

At a meeting in Erbil today, the oil and gas companies operating in the Kurdistan Region and leading figures from the oil services sector pledged to provide emergency relief to the large number of displaced people who have flooded into the Region in recent weeks. Dr Ashti Hawrami, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Minister of […]

Praise for Open Border Policy for Syrian Refugees

Amid a continuing exodus of Syrians into Iraq's Kurdistan region, the heads of the UN refugee agency and the World Food Programme praised the regional government for giving refuge to almost 200,000 people, including some 47,000 who arrived in the last two weeks. Despite the burden of accommodating such a large influx of refugees, the […]

UK to Engage in Syrian Refugee Crisis

Today Minister Falah Mustafa received a delegation from Department for International Development (DFID) to establish a mechanism for their support towards the Syrian refugees in Kurdistan Region. DFID currently has working teams in Jordan, Lebanon and in London to provide humanitarian assistance. They also provided assistance to the Kurdish people in 1991 following the creation […]

Video: Syrian Refugees Arrive in Iraq

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Syrian Kurds continue to come across the border into northern Iraq. Some 31 thousand have made the journey since the border was opened on Thursday of last week. They are being housed in […]

Over 1 Million Displaced Iraqis Face Tough Future

On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations in Iraq is raising awareness of the plight of the 1.1 million Iraqis who are registered as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), driven to flee because of eviction, urbanization, conflict or political strife. “IDPs are among Iraq’s most vulnerable populations,” said Jacqueline Badcock, United Nations Deputy […]

Video: Syrian Refugees Flood into Iraq

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The United Nations says thousands of Syrian refugees are flooding into the Kurdish autonomous region of Iraq. Fighting in Northern Syria has increased in recent months between Al Qaeda linked rebels and armed […]

Video: Syrian Shia Pilgrims Stay on in Iraq

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The conflict in Syria has become increasingly sectarian as it spills over into neighbouring countries. Iraq has essentially closed its border to Syrian refugees, partly to avoid an influx of Sunni muslims. But […]