In Iraq, a Joint Crisis Centre has been in operations since May 2015 to coordinate Government actions to respond to the crisis and to facilitate liaison with the international community, at both national and Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) levels. The Ministry of Migration and Displacement is a key Government partner and the Ministry of Interior of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is the main partner for the refugee response specific to the KRI, while the Ministry of Planning is playing an increasingly important and dynamic role in the design and monitoring of the refugee response programme.
The overall development vision (Vision 2020) of the KRG is for all people to enjoy access to health, welfare, and economic security and opportunity. In line with this vision, the KRG has taken leadership in accommodating the influx of refugees and IDPs, building permanent and transitional camps, providing funding from its meagre resources and working with the governorates, United Nations partners and agencies, and NGOs to provide food, shelter, education, and healthcare to the refugees. The KRG allows Syrian refugees to work, allowing refugees to sustain themselves and to contribute positively to the local economy.