There are currently almost 212,000 refugees registered with the UNHCR in Iraq, the vast majority in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Iraq sent more than one million refugees across the border to Syria during the first decade of this century. However now, in a reversal of roles also seen with Lebanon, it is Iraq that is receiving refugees from Syria. The majority of Syrian refugees in Iraq reside in the Kurdistan province of Duhok, mostly within Domiz camp.
In June 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant took control of the Iraqi city Mosul, sparking a second refugee crisis in the country. See our timeline for more on this.
Life in Domiz Camp – Photos
We’ve created a photo essay of life in Domiz Camp, along with the main findings of Professor Salman’s study. December 2012.
See the photo essay here:
Iraq country study
- Mohamed Salman
Camp conditions are getting difficult and local authorities have limited experience in dealing with waves of refugees, according to Mohamed Salman, Assistant Professor, University of Salahaddin-Erbil and author of the MPC’s Iraq study.
To assess this situation, Professor Salman was in Domiz between September and October 2012, carrying out interviews with individuals and groups in the camp.