In an event with UNHCR and U.S. Embassy

Kurdistan regional government announces new regulations for asylum seekers

ERBIL – The Kurdistan Regional Government unveiled new regulatory instructions for managing asylum seekers in the Kurdistan Region at a ceremony held in Erbil on Wednesday. The event featured speeches from Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Alina Romanowski, and the acting representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, followed by the signing of the administrative instructions by KRG Minister of Interior Reber Ahmed.

In his address, Prime Minister Barzani highlighted the KRG’s efforts to provide refugees and asylum seekers with basic public services, including education, healthcare, security, and protection, along with meeting their essential living needs. He expressed hope that the federal government and the international community would offer more support to help Kurdistan continue its assistance to refugees and displaced persons, facilitating their dignified return to their original homes when conditions permit.

He noted that the Ministry of Interior, in collaboration with the UNHCR, has been working on creating administrative instructions to manage refugee affairs. These guidelines are part of the KRG’s broader administrative and legal plans to ensure the rights and obligations of asylum seekers and refugees.

Barzani highlighted the Kurdistan Region’s long-standing tradition of welcoming people seeking safety, regardless of their religious, ethnic, or national background. He emphasized that this hospitality has persisted through challenging periods, including financial crises and Islamic State attacks. “The KRG has managed dozens of refugee camps and continues to fulfill its responsibilities despite the heavy burden,” Barzani stated.

The Kurdish prime minister said Kurdistan was committed to being a safe haven for those fleeing oppression, terrorism, and intimidation. He assured that the government would continue its efforts to protect and shelter the thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons currently residing in the region.

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