Guardian

Jul 2, 2014

As Iraq collapses, where will Syrian refugees go?

Iraq is home to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. But with ISIS destabilising Iraq, where will they go? Crikey intern Rachel Clayton reports.

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The Middle East is already in the midst of a major refugee crisis, due to the 2.8 million people who have fled Syria. With militant Islamist group ISIS taking control of several provinces in Iraq and waging war within Syria and the Kurdish Autonomous Region on the boarder of Iran, where will the millions of displaced people be able to turn to for refuge? The United Nations Human Rights Commission's regional response plan for Syria estimates the Syrian refugee population could reach over 4 million by the end of 2014. But the current crisis in Iraq presents a new humanitarian crisis in the region, as 1.2 million Iraqi civilians were displaced in 2014 alone and ISIS' power appears to be getting stronger.

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2 thoughts on “As Iraq collapses, where will Syrian refugees go?

  1. AR

    To add to the obscenity, Syria had received well over a million Iraqis fleeing the benign benefits of the Coalition of the Shilling’s Schlock & Gore success.

  2. Keith Thomas

    “The number of refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people exceeded 50 million … at the end of 2013, with 51.2 million people forcibly displaced,…”

    Unfortunately, neither this article, nor the UNHCR release linked through it, distinguish clearly between stocks and flows. Although there were 51.2 million “people forcibly displaced”, the UNHCR release tells us “refugee numbers amounted to 16.7 million people worldwide” and that “Internal displacement … amounted to a record 33.3 million people”.

    Any number is too high, and I don’t want to shift focus to the cold arithmetic, but these figures cannot be reconciled without more information, information that is essential to deal with the people caught up in this.

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