Syria Situation Weekly Update No.27, 15-21 November 2012

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 21 Nov 2012 View Original
  1. Overview

Syrian Refugees

As of 21 November 2012, a total number of 56,982 Syrian refugees arrived in Iraq. New refugees enter Iraq through Al-Waleed and Al- Rabiaa. Al-Qa'im is still closed only 10 cases with 42 individuals crossed the border in Al-Qa'im last week.

In Kurdistan Region, 4,463 new Syrian arrivals entered the region during the week. The number of the new arrivals into KR increased in comparison with the previous two weeks. Between 600 to 1,000 new arrivals arrived in Kurdistan daily bringing the total number of the Syrians in the KR to 48,502 refugees.
Moreover, 35 cases/61 individuals are accommodated in five different governorates.

Iraqi Cross Border Movement

According to UNHCR Border Monitoring reports, during the reporting period, some 1,378 Iraqis crossed into Iraq from Syria. All three border points (Al Waleed, Rabi’aa and Al-Qa'im) remained open for Iraqi returnees. Al-Waleed continued to receive the largest number of returnees (1,017).

As of 21 November, the total number of Iraqis crossing the border into Iraq since 18 July 2012 is 55,728 including 5,997 by air. This number includes returnees who have been registered with Syria and also those who have not been registered yet. It also includes individuals who cross the border on their private issues and reasons on a daily basis. During the same period, some 1,088 Iraqis crossed back into Syria. Totally, about 20,000 Iraqi returnees crossed back into Syria.

Statistics collected at the border continue to indicate that Baghdad is still remains the governorate to receive the largest number of Iraqi returnees, followed by Anbar and Ninewa.