World Refugee Day: the KRG is asked to improve the life of refugees
Iraq and the West continue with forced deportations
The Secretary of the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees (IFIR) has called on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to try hard to improve the standard of living for refugees. The Federation also asked the Iraqi federal government not to play with the lives of the refugees, and not to use them as pawns in its political games.
Speaking on World Refugee Day, Amanj Abdullah, the IFIR Secretary, told Kurdish media that the Federation continues to urge Western countries and the Iraqi government to respect human rights and not to play with refugees’ lives for their own political interests.
“The KRG should take the refugees’ demands into consideration and make a serious efforts to improve their life. It should also respond to refugees and resolve their problems,” Abdullah said.
Regarding the forced deportation of Iraqi, and especially Kurdish, asylum seekers, Abdullah said that refugees should be told the truth, and that those organizations which signed secret agreements with Western countries to forcibly deport asylum seekers should be punished.
The forced deportation policy continues, as does the Iraqi government’s manifest disregard for the Iraqi Parliament's decision not to deport asy- lum seekers and the agreements it made with several countries to allow deported refugees to enter Iraq.
Each year on June 20th the United Nations and countless civic groups around the world celebrate World Refugee Day.
World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence. Millions need your help.
Displaced people and worldwide: some statistics
An estimated 7.6 million people are newly displaced due to conflict or persecution, including 1.1 million new refugees, the highest number of new refugees in one year since 1999. Another 6.5 million are newly displaced within the borders of their own countries, the second-highest figure in the past decade.
More than half (55%) of all refugees worldwide are from five countries: Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Syria and Sudan.
By the end of 2012, women and girls made up 48% of the refugee population.
Forty-six (46) percent of refugees are children under 18.