On Thursday, November 21, 2019, Mr. Hoshang Mohamed, Director General of the Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) received Ms. Sophie Karlshausen, Deputy Head of Mission of the Belgium Embassy at the JCC Headquarters.
They discussed the humanitarian situation of the newly arrived Syrian Refugees in Kurdistan Region, particularly the influx of Syrian refugees to the Region following the military operations in northern Syria and its impact and consequences on the Kurdistan Region and Iraq.
Mr. Hoshang highlighted the consequences of new conflict in North east Syrian on the Kurdistan Region, stating that the influx of Syrian refugees to the Kurdistan Region has put extra burden on the Kurdistan Regional Government to provide humanitarian assistance and services to the newly arrived refugees and already existing Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and refugees numbering more than 1 million.
Mr. Hoshang talked about the gaps and priority needs for responding to the humanitarian situation and also shed light on establishing services in the camps for the newly arrived refugees.
Ms. Sophie praised the role of the KRG in supporting and assisting the IDPs and refugees in the Kurdistan Region and stated that they will continue to observe the situation and provide the assistance to the displaced people.
They also exchanged views on the obstacles in front of the return of the IDPs to their place of origin and the increase of the second displacement to Kurdistan after return.