The Human Rights Commission in Iraq confirmed that there are about one million displaced people in separate areas of the country.
According to human rights reports, these displaced people are waiting to return to their areas, after Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi promised to close the displacement file as soon as possible.
The Iraqi Ministry of Immigration and Displacement encourages the return of the displaced, but many challenges – as it says – stand in front of their return, most notably the lack of services, the tension in the security situation, and tribal and religious disputes in their areas of origin.
Hisham Khader, deputy director of the Department of Immigration and Displacement in Sulaymaniyah, says that the total number of displaced people in Sulaymaniyah governorate was 60,548 displaced persons, of whom 10,000 and 144 have returned recently. “We, as a ministry, encourage the return of citizens to their areas, but we do not force anyone,” he added. “There is a form that the displaced fill out, on the basis of which his situation is studied and the process of his return is coordinated.”
About one million displaced people in separate areas of the country, especially the Kurdistan region of Iraq, are still awaiting the way back to their hometown, amid international and local promises to rebuild and provide safety, which has become a dream and a demand for most Iraqis.