Syrians seeking refuge in Iraq are almost exclusively ethnically Kurdish (97%)1 and reside in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. In addition to the Syrian refugees, a caseload of 249,6412, 61% of Iraq’s 1.8 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) reside in the Kurdish region, 3 together placing a significant amount of stress on local infrastructure and governance. While the Kurdistan Regional Government has taken steps towards the inclusion of Syrian refugees, for instance allowing them to work, access education, and move freely within the Region, they still experience social and economic hardships as a result of displacement.

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  • November 2018
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