11 February 2014: Since December 2013, tens of thousands of people have fled violent conflict between government forces, Islamic militants and tribal groups in Anbar Province in western Iraq. UN agencies estimate that 180,000 people are in dire need of assistance.
Iraq is currently experiencing one of the largest population displacements in the world. Since the beginning of 2014, the UN estimates that as 1.2 million people have been uprooted due to fighting among various armed groups and Iraqi security forces.
17 September 2013: The Syria crisis has caused a major humanitarian emergency as millions of Syrians flee to neighbouring countries. An estimated 170,000 refugees have sought shelter in Iraq. The ongoing, massive influx of refugees far exceeds Iraq’s capacity to host refugees.
To address the humanitarian crisis, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$9,999,143 to seven United Nations agencies and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). These allocations will benefit 43,640 people in crisis.
CERF in Action - Rapid Response
CERF provides US$2.6 million for Syrian refugees in Iraq
18 October 2012: Thousands of Syrians have fled their homes in search of safety and humanitarian assistance in neighbouring countries. An estimated 34,000 Syrian asylum seekers are currently hosted in Iraq. This number is expected to increase if the security situation in Syria continues to deteriorate. The UN and cooperating partners estimate that up to 60,000 Syrians may need protection and assistance in Iraq by the end of the year.