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BAGHDAD, 20 April 2018 - The Government of Japan has announced that it will fund a project to enhance youth employability among Syrian refugees, internally displaced persons and host communities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. This is one of eight new projects implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Liberia, Nigeria, Somalia and the Syrian Arab Republic, with Japanese funding totaling US$5.2m.
La Cruz Roja y la Media Luna Roja de 15 países, con el apoyo de la UE, llevan a cabo este proyecto a tres años (diciembre 2016-2019) en 5 países vecinos de Siria: Turquía, Líbano, Jordania, Irak y Egipto.
El objetivo fundamental de Madad (‘ayudar juntos’, en árabe) es mejorar las condiciones de vida tanto de las personas refugiadas como de las comunidades de acogida, contribuyendo así a la estabilidad general de la región.
Madad ofrece, entre otras intervenciones, la mejora de la Salud, la gestión de riesgos y la generación de ingresos
In line with its mandate, and in support of the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government, UNHCR, the UN agency for refugees, leads the humanitarian response to the Syria situation in Iraq. In doing so, it coordinates the intervention of 10 UN agencies and over 30 local and international NGOs through the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP).
SYRIAN REFUGEE POPULATION
The war in Syria has created the largest displacement crisis in the world. Almost 12 million people have fled their homes since the war began seven years ago.
Over 6 million are displaced in Syria, with a further 5.5 million having fled the country.
Most of the refugees are living in neighbouring Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.
Turkey hosts over 2.9 million Syrians. There are more than 1 million Syrians in Lebanon and 660,000 in Jordan.
Iraq has also seen a growing number of Syrians arriving, hosting more than 241,000, while 122,000 are in Egypt.
In March, just over 4,400 refugees and migrants entered Europe via Italy,
Greece and Spain. Arrivals to Greece (1,250 versus 2,400) increased by almost 100% while arrivals through routes to Spain (1,500 versus 1,300) and Italy (1,050 versus 1,060) remained consistent with the previous month. In the first three months of the year some 16,640 refugees and migrants arrived to Europe by sea compared to nearly 31,000 that arrived in the same period last year, marking a 106% decrease.
No Results From Promised Investigations
(Erbil) – An incident on March 29, 2018, in which government workers removed about 80 bodies from a damaged house, raised suspicions of a cover-up of killings of possible Islamic State (also known as ISIS) suspects, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch observed the episode. Days later, the house had been burned.
In Anbar, most of the governorate’s 7,146 returnees identified during March 2018 are in the retaken districts of west Anbar. DTM Emergency Tracking indicates that approximately 33,000 of those displaced during last year’s offensive against ISIL in west Anbar have returned, but about 45,000 remain displaced.
A total of 1,279,740 individuals reportedly returned to Ninewa Governorate, meaning that the number of returnees in Ninewa Governorate has increased by 9% (107,292 individuals) this month. This increase is due to the joint validation exercise DTM and local authorities conducted in east and west Mosul to confirm returnee numbers.
RETURNS OVER TIME
Returns have been sustained since July 2016, when the campaign against ISIL intensified, with the periods October–November 2016 (aftermath of the offensive to retake the Anbar districts of Ramadi, Heet and Fallujah as well as eastern districts of Ninewa), May–June 2017 (Mosul operations) and September–December 2017 (last advance of the retaking campaign) witnessing the highest numbers of returns.
From 28 February to 31 March 2018:
• As of 31 March 2018, the DTM has identified 2,205,252 internally displaced persons (367,542 families) displaced after January 2014, dispersed across 97 districts and 3,533 locations in Iraq. For the same period, DTM has also identified 3,635,598 returnees (605,933 families).
• Overall, the total number of identified IDPs decreased by approximately 5% (-112,446 individuals). Decreases were recorded across all of Iraq’s 18 governorates.
Almost one-third of the beneficiaries were Syrians
The 28 Member States of the European Union (EU) granted protection status to 538 000 asylum seekers in 2017, down by almost 25% from 2016. In addition to these, the EU Member States received nearly 24 000 resettled refugees.
The International Criminal Court and Myanmar (Burma)
By Ann-Kathrin Pohlers
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 18 2018 (IPS) - With upcoming elections in May, the Iraqi government is urging Internally Displaced People (IDPs) to return home. After the defeat of ISIS in December 2017, an increase in security and number of returnees to their region of origin is expected; however, many IDPs see no way to leave the camps just yet.