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Inter-Agency Operational Update – Syrian refugees in Iraq, 16-31 December 2014 [EN/AR]

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Syrian arrivals from Kobani

  • A total of 2,222 Syrians (displaced from Kobani) were admitted into the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) in this reporting period, bringing the total number of new arrivals in the KR-I since 25 September to 26,057 individuals. 368 crossed via the Peshkhabour border crossing point and the rest via Ibrahim Khalil border crossing point.

  • UNHCR continues to coordinate the process of reception at the Ibrahim Khalil border crossing point, supporting local authorities. Erbil remained the primary destination for these newly arrived refugees. As a result, the accommodation space in all four refugee camps in Erbil governorate has reached the maximum capacity. Convoys of new arrivals will be sent to Gawilan camp in Duhok governorate in 2015.

Winter preparedness

  • Distribution of special winterized CRIs as well as distribution of kerosene was completed in December 2014. Subsequent rounds of distribution of kerosene are continuing in some camps, such as Basirma camp in Erbil governorate.


  • More than 1,200 individuals have gained employment opportunities throughout the year through the UNHCR job seekers’ database in Duhok.