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Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - April 2014: Protection

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As at 30 April 223,113 Syrians were registered with UNHCR (79,832 households). Registration directly into the ProGres database in all camps is now almost fully rolled-out. As at 30 April 92.9% of the total population were registered in ProGres. Multi-funcitonal teams continued to monitor the situation at the border. During the reporting period, three out of the four border crossings from Syria remain closed (Rabiaa, Al Qaim and Al Waleed) for all entries and exits. In addition, no movements have been possible through the Syrian KR-I border at Peshkhabour since 10 April.

Protection monitoring and co-ordination of protection activities in all camps in KR-I continued, and significant progress was attained towards the establishment of agreed inter-agency referral mechanisms.

A high-level meeting on advocacy concerning the consistent access to residency permits place during the reporting period with representation from 3 Governorates within KR-I. It was agreed to work towards a streamlining of the procedures, including with respect to registration of new arrivals, family reunifications and file transfers, across the KR-I.

Individual advocacy by UNHCR at the KR-I level has resulted in the return of the Syrians concerned to the region, as an alternative to deportation from Iraq by the central authorities.

A multi-sector needs assessment of the non-camp population across KR-I was undertaken during the reporting period. Preliminary results suggest a lack of knowledge amongst the non-camp caseload of protection services available in the urban areas.

The Protection WG and its Steering Group met twice a month respectively; the Steering Group will commence the development of the Protection WG Strategy in May 2014. The SGBV Sub-WG is now at an advanced stage of finalizing KR-I wide SOPs, while the Child Protection Sub-WG has commenced work on drafting a KR-I Child Protection Strategy.