There are currently almost 70,000 refugees registered with the UNHCR in Iraq, the vast majority in Iraqi Kurdistan, an autonomous region in the far north of the country. In a role reversal also seen with Lebanon, Iraq today is receiving refugees from Syria – the past decade it sent more than one million refugees across the border to Syria.
The majority of Syrian refugees in Iraq reside in the Kurdistan province of Duhok, mostly within Domiz camp. At the beginning of January, UNHCR estimated the total camp population at around 35,000 individuals, with up an average of 600 to 1,000 individuals registered daily.
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.
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