Internal Displacement in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Impact, Response and Options

On May 16, 17, and 18, Chatham House, in partnership with IRIS, hosted a policy workshop on the IDP crisis in the Kurdisan Region of Iraq (KRI). This is an under-reported issue. While it is difficult to assess the accuracy of available figures, it is estimated that as many as one in three people in the KRI are displaced.

The workshop brought together local civil society, academics, international NGOs, UN agencies, representatives of displaced communities, and policymakers. The aims of the workshop were to: understand the situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the KRI; analyse the social, political and economic impact of the IDP crisis for the KRI; and to consider options for improving the effectiveness of response at the local, national and international levels. The meeting was held under the Chatham House Rule,1 and the views expressed are those of the participants. This summary is intended to serve as an aide-memoire for those who took part, and to provide a general summary of discussions for those who did not. 

A meeting summary, as well as conclusions and recommendations, are found in the report. You can access it here or by clicking on the image below.