UNDP, IOM and Iraqi government agencies promote returns and reintegration in Nineveh [EN/AR] – Iraq

UNDP, IOM and Iraqi government agencies promote returns and reintegration in Nineveh [EN/AR] – Iraq


Erbil, Iraq, June 27, 2022 – UNDP Iraq and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in partnership with the Office of the National Security Advisory Council, and with the participation of the Ministry of Migration and Displacement (MOMD) and other relevant government agencies, brought together over 45 community and tribal members as well as local authorities from Ninewa Governorate in a workshop aimed at fostering community understanding and preparedness among local leaders to facilitate the return and reintegration of displaced Iraqis into their communities.

UNDP and IOM are working with the Iraqi government to support the return and reintegration of displaced Iraqi families with suspected ISIL affiliation, including those returning from Syria, in line with government efforts to end protracted displacement through proactive measures to facilitate access to sustainable resources. solutions.

The workshop brought together participants from Baaj, Ayadia, Makhmour, Mosul, Al Qiarah and Telafar regions in Ninewa, and discussed the details of the return process, the challenges facing returning families, the role of community leaders and local government to facilitate the reintegration of families, and the work UNDP and IOM are undertaking to facilitate return and reintegration. The workshop produced a unanimous consensus to improve community acceptance of returning families.

UNDP Resident Representative in Iraq, Ms. Zena Ali-Ahmad, stresses: “UNDP is committed to working with the Iraqi government and IOM to ensure that communities are well informed and ready to accept the return of families. displaced in their communities of origin. Our sustainable approach to community preparedness includes discussions with local and national authorities regarding livelihoods opportunities, mental health services and housing options for returning families and community members.

According to Mr. Giorgi Gigauri, IOM Iraq Chief of Mission, “IOM’s whole-of-society approach to identifying and facilitating durable solutions for displaced Iraqis requires that the needs, concerns and awareness of all concerned are taken into account – this is a crucial element of the joint efforts of IOM, UNDP and the Government of Iraq to resolve the cases of individuals facing complex obstacles to return and reintegration. The good faith and commitment to social cohesion demonstrated during this workshop is a hopeful indication of increased opportunities for concerted action moving forward.

Dr. Saeed Al-Jiashi, Adviser, National Security Advisory, said: “This meeting is very important to clarify accurate information to the community on returning families and stages of rehabilitation, including defining the timeline for returns. We approached the issues by presenting facts and listening to tribal leaders, heads of administrative and security units and local peace committees.

In 2020, UNDP Iraq launched a five-year program dedicated to social cohesion to promote stronger, peaceful and more cohesive communities in all regions of Iraq. The Community Reconciliation and Reintegration Project supports community preparedness, return and reintegration of families perceived to be affiliated with ISIL, who are often among the most marginalized and vulnerable, as well as support for host families in return areas.

Media contact:

Miriam Pineau, Communications Analyst | [email protected] |+964 790 110 1982
IOM Iraq Public Information Unit | [email protected]

Ashley C. Reynolds