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Iraq: Inter-Agency Operational Update – Syrian Refugees in Iraq, 16 - 31 March 2015 [EN/AR]

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  • The Ibrahim Khalil border crossing remained closed for Syrians displaced from Kobani traveling to Iraq via Turkey and remained open for commercial traffic. The Peshkhabour border crossing remained open for the admission of Syrians on Mondays only. It was closed for Nawruz on Monday 23 March, affecting the number of new arrivals from Syria. When open, all the new arrivals continued to be transported directly from the Peshkhabour border crossing to the Gawilan camp, where they were registered. 424 Syrians entered the Kurdistan region of Iraq (KR-I), bringing the total number of new arrivals from Syria in 2015 to 18,726.

  • In the Erbil Governorate, a verification exercise for refugees with no biometric data in the proGres database was launched in the Qushtapa and Basirma camps on 12 and 15 of March respectively. The verification was completed in Basirma, and is expected to be completed on 2 April in Qushtapa.

  • The issue of visitors hosted by their relatives in the camps has become a challenge in the Erbil Governorate, as some of them have been there for months. Most of them continue to ask for the allocation of plots and tents, which is not possible due to overcrowding.