Regional Response Plan for Iraqi Refugees 2012

24 February 2012

Several years after a massive influx of Iraqi refugees prompted the humanitarian community to build its first comprehensive and coordinated protection and assistance response, Iraqi refugees continue to constitute one of the largest urban refugee populations in the world. 

The third consecutive response plan for Iraqi refugees, the 2012 Regional Response Plan (RRP), aims to provide a strategic framework to address the immediate, as well as the medium to longer term needs of displaced Iraqis in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.  The RRP was preceded by the CAP in 2008 and 2009 which dealt with the needs of internally displaced Iraqis as well as Iraqi refugees.

The needs of Iraqi refugees remain substantial.  While the overall population has declined through resettlement departures, returns to Iraq and other movements, Iraqis still continue to seek asylum in neighboring countries.  Those who remain in countries of asylum have become more vulnerable as their displacement has lengthened and their coping mechanisms have become depleted.  Despite their increased vulnerability, the majority of Iraqi refugees have indicated little interest in returning to their country of origin. 

In view of Iraqi refugees’ ongoing needs in an increasingly protracted situation, and  in a region that has undergone considerable upheaval in the past year, humanitarian agencies agree that  it is crucial for the response to be maintained.  The 2012 RRP for Iraqi refugees represents agencies’ continued efforts to identify common objectives and to ensure the further consolidation of their approaches and activities. 

The 2012 RRP provides a comprehensive and strategic inter-agency framework following the principle of joint planning of the CAP.  Given that refugees represent the RRP’s target beneficiary population, the inter-agency coordination process continues to be led by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. 

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