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03 Dec 2019 description

Statement to United Nations Security Council Briefing on UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

As delivered by Mr. Robert Mardini, Permanent Observer to the UN and Head of Delegation, ICRC New York

Thank you, Madam President, for the opportunity to address the Council. We also thank Kuwait for its efforts to keep the issue of the missing persons as a topic of importance in this Council and for its efforts on this issue as demonstrated through drafting the first resolution on missing persons in armed conflict adopted in June 2019.

03 Dec 2019 description

When Bardarash camp in Iraq opened on October 16 to host an influx of Kurdish refugees fleeing northeastern Syria, Jalal and Jamal joined the first Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical team sent to the site. The two men had been recruited by MSF in Iraq and were able to respond to the emergency within 48 hours.

03 Dec 2019 description
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Madam President,

Distinguished members of the Security Council,

In recent months, I have consistently referred to urgent unfinished domestic business in Iraq. Perhaps inevitably, today I will brief on protests and civil unrest.

Protests, initially driven by young people in particular. Giving voice to their frustration with poor economic, social and political prospects. Giving voice to their great hopes for better times. Away from corruption and partisan interests. Away from foreign interference.

03 Dec 2019 description
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Overview

By the end of November 2019, UNHCR had created 25,666 places in the accommodation scheme as part of the ESTIA programme. These were in 4,501 apartments and 14 buildings, in 14 cities and 7 islands across Greece.

03 Dec 2019 description

CONTEXT

Due to the latest crisis in Syria, DTM Iraq launched an emergency tracking tool on 14 October to monitor population fleeing the conflict and crossing into Iraq. The information presented here is collected by IOM at the relevant border points and covers all the displaced population.

3 DECEMBER DAILY UPDATE

03 Dec 2019 description

Overview

The majority of those returned to Turkey are Pakistani nationals (37 percent of total). Syrians constitute 18 percent of the total number of those returned, and are followed by Algerians, Afghans and Iraqis.

In total, 359 Syrians have been returned to Turkey to date. 41 of them have been returned on the basis that their asylum claims were found inadmissible at 2nd instance.

Of all those returned, 44 percent did not express a will to apply for asylum or withdrew their will to apply for asylum or withdrew their asylum claims in Greece.

03 Dec 2019 description

Overview

The majority of those returned to Turkey are Pakistani nationals (37 percent of total). Syrians constitute 18 percent of the total number of those returned, and are followed by Algerians, Afghans and Iraqis.

In total, 359 Syrians have been returned to Turkey to date. 41 of them have been returned on the basis that their asylum claims were found inadmissible at 2nd instance.

Of all those returned, 44 percent did not express a will to apply for asylum or withdrew their will to apply for asylum or withdrew their asylum claims in Greece.

03 Dec 2019 description

Arrivals

This week, 957 people arrived on the Aegean islands, a decrease from last week’s 3,281 arrivals but an increase from last year’s 357 arrivals during the same period.

The average daily arrivals this week equalled 137, compared to 469 in the previous week.

Population on the Islands

Some 38,800 refugees and migrants reside on the Aegean islands. The majority of the population on the Aegean islands are from Afghanistan (43%), Syria (21%) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (6%).

03 Dec 2019 description

IOM Iraq Launches Countrywide Strategy for Disability Inclusion

Erbil — The International Organization for Migration’s Iraq mission marked International Day of Persons with Disabilities by launching the Organization’s first countrywide disability inclusion strategy to help the government develop programmes that support the needs of migrants with disabilities.

The two-year strategy will also guide the mission in supporting the Government of Iraq with data collection and policy design that are inclusive of persons with disabilities.