Kur­dis­tan Re­gion open to Syria Kurds

“The doors are al­ways open for Syria Kurds who want to live in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion”, says the KRG

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

In a state­ment, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment (KRG) Min­istry of the In­te­rior de­nied that Syria Kurds have been pre­vented from en­ter­ing the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

“The Govern­ment is fol­low­ing the pre­scribed pro­ce­dures for Kurds from the Kur­dish part of Syria who wants to live in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. The new­com­ers will be highly re­spected here, as they al­ready have been,” read the state­ment.

The state­ment came af­ter a news chan­nel re­ported that some Kur­dish fam­i­lies from Syria were stuck on the Iraq-Jordan bor­der and had been pre­vented from en­ter­ing the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Re­spond­ing to the re­port, the In­te­rior Min­istry said the fam­i­lies had not en­tered the Kur­dis­tan re­gion but had moved to the United Na­tions’ Al­tash camp and were aim­ing to exit Iraq. Some of the fam­i­lies have al­ready been sent to Europe, while oth­ers are wait­ing to see whether they will be granted per­mis­sion to do the same.

Since the start of the war in Syria in 2011, more than 200,000 refugees, mainly Kurds, have crossed into the au­ton­o­mous Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in north­ern Iraq.

Tens of thou­sands ar­rived in Oc­to­ber 2013 af­ter the Kur­dis­tani au­thor­i­ties opened the bor­der to fam­i­lies flee­ing vi­o­lent clashes be­tween the Kur­dish People’s De­fense Units (YPG) and rebels of the ex­trem­ist Is­lamist Jab­hat al-Nus­rah.

Spe­cial boards were es­tab­lished by KRG for refugee af­fairs and to over­see their re­lo­ca­tion in the new camps. The boards are co­or­di­nat­ing the ac­tions of the Red Cres­cent, the Barzani Foun­da­tion and the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which are cur­rently pro­vid­ing aid to the refugees.

With no end in sight to the war in Syria, the refugees will not be re­turn­ing home any time soon and the Kur­dis­tan au­thor­i­ties have an­nounced plans to pro­vide schools, hos­pi­tals, wa­ter, elec­tric­ity and fire-fight­ing ser­vices to refugees in the Qush­tapa and Basirma camps in Er­bil prov­ince and the camps in other prov­inces.

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