UNHCR in Iraq
UNHCR has been present in Iraq since the 1980s. Working with the Government of Iraq (GoI), UNHCR protects and assists people of concern (PoCs) including refugees, asylum seekers, stateless people, returnees, and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in all 18 governorates. Iraq is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol. However, the country has hosted and assisted, with UNHCR’s support, refugees of Palestinian, Iranian, Turkish, and Syrian origin.
Refugees /Asylum Seekers