IOM report highlights impact of Syrian refugees and returnees on Iraq

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Jumbe Omari Jumbe, spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The continuing influx of Syrian refugees into Iraq is causing growing social, economic and demographic challenges, particularly the Kurdish region in the north of the country.

That's according to a report released on Friday by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) which follows an assessment conducted earlier this year.

IOM spokesperson Jumbe Omari Jumbe says challenges include a growing shortage of unskilled and semi-skilled jobs, and the growing inability of families in host communities to earn sufficient income.

"During the assessment we have found that relations so far are very good between the Syrian refugees and the Iraqi host communities. However, the strains have started to show in places where there are many refugees because of the strain on the infrastructure and the lack of jobs." (19")

While the number of Syrian refugees in Iraq is lower than in other neighbouring countries, IOM says 50,000 Iraqis have returned home from Syria which also has an impact on stability and security in the country.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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