Highlights of KRG’s Minister of Interior, H.E. Rebar Ahmed’s speech delivered at the High level Joint Consultation Meeting.

Highlights of KRG’s Minister of Interior, H.E. Rebar Ahmed’s speech delivered at the High level Joint Consultation Meeting between the Federal Government, Kurdistan Regional Government and Diplomatic Corps and UN Country Team on the IDPs situations, Return Process, Camp Closure and Required Conditions, Stabilization and Reconstruction efforts in the liberated areas.

Baghdad, 2nd December 2020

Excerpts of the Speech:

The last update on the number of IDPs in Kurdistan Region;

According to the last data statistics on the registered IDPs, currently Kurdistan Region is hosting (734,713) IDPs which is (132,974) families in total;

  1. (56,139) Families are in the city of Duhok.
  2. (42,465) Families are in the city of Erbil.
  3. (34,370) Families are in the city of Sulaymaniyah.

There are (37,107) families of IDPs which is 26% of the total number of the IDPs are distributed on (25) camps in Kurdistan. Among these 25 camps, 15 camps are in the city of Duhok, 6 camps are in Erbil and 4 camps in Sulaymaniyah.

Reverse Displacement to Kurdistan:

Reverse displacement has noticeably been increased recently, although there has been the safety measures and lockdown due to the COVID19 pandemic, (775) IDP families have still been welcomed in Kurdistan which is the total of (2,398) people in the last months of 2020.

Return Policy of the KRG;  

Minister Rebar stated that in regards of return policy of the KRG, our policy is to support and facilitate voluntary return of IDPs to their  place of origin, with this policy, we have been able to help and facilitated the return of (700,000 IDPs) to their place of origin since 2016 and we have been able to close down or merge (23) camps in Kurdistan. Our policy will remain constant and we will continue to facilitate the voluntary return with respect and dignity, however, there is a need for preparing the required conditions and convenient environment for a safe and secure return in the liberated areas.

Place of Origin of IDPs;

Minister Rebar highlighted very important breakdown of the IDPs’ place of origin as below:

  1. Mosul 54%
  2. Saladin 14%
  3. Anbar 13%
  4. Erbil 8%
  5. Diyala 5%
  6. Baghdad 3%
  7. Kirkuk 3%

The percentages mentioned above shows the place of origin of all of the IDPs that are hosted in Kurdistan and whether they stay in the camps or live with the host communities.

The necessary services for facilitating voluntary return:

Finally, the Minister confirmed that most of the IDPs want to go back to their place of origin after liberation according to the surveys conducted by various aid agencies in the camps and outside camps in Kurdistan. However, more than 80% of the IDPs are not ready to go back under the current conditions in the liberated areas for several reasons including the lack of basic civilian services, financial support, job and livelihood opportunities, ruined homes and fear for their safety and security after returning, as well as the lack of a program to grant them a financial support for starting their lives again and secure and guarantee a dignified living.