Syrian refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan to receive staying permits


Syrian refugee children in Domiz Camp, Iraqi Kurdistan, returning from newly established primary school. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan – A delegation from the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) held a meeting last week the Director of Civil Affairs in Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Brigadier Sheikh Badikar, during which they discussed the possibility of granting Syrian refugees in the Kurdistan Region staying permits.

Nawaf al-Rasheed, member of the KNC delegation to Erbil, stated to ARA News that the KNC representatives explained the hard situation of Syrian refugees who official documents of staying permit in Iraqi Kurdistan .

“We emphasized the necessity of providing the refugees with official documents to be able to move within the Kurdistn territory or work,” al-Rasheed said. “For more than six months, thousands of refugees suffered mounting constrants on the freedom of movement in the Kurdistan Region, especially those who live outside the refugee camps.”

According to the KNC member, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is concerned about the situation of those refugees, “but apparently the administrative procedures take some time”.

“Mr. Badikar (Director of Civil Affairs in Erbil) also expressed the Region’s fears that many refugees intend to stay permanently in Iraqi Kurdistan, but we stressed that as soon as the situation is stable again in Syria, all these refugees will return home with pleasure,” al-Rasheed told ARA News. “We received promises that the Kurdistan leadership will grant all the stateless refugees with temporary staying permits.”

Quoting Director of Civil Affairs in Erbil, al-Rasheed emphasized that the granting process will begin next week in Erbil and other provinces of the Kurdista Region of Iraq.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) had stopped granting residence permits or extension of old permits since March 2013. According to official statistics, more than 230 thousand Syrians received shelter in Iraqi Kurdistan, most of them are Kurds.


Reporting by: Azad Jamkari

Source: ARA News

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