Iraq Planning to Repatriate New Group from Syria’s Camp al-Hol: Monitor
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Iraq Planning to Repatriate New Group from Syria’s Camp al-Hol: Monitor

ERBIL — The Iraqi government is preparing to repatriate a new group of its nationals from the notorious Camp al-Hol in northeast Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Said. 

A delegation from Ministry of Migration and Displacement visited the camp last Thursday to register Iraqi nationals ready for repatriation, according to the London-based human rights watchdog. 

The exact number of Iraqis preparing to leave Camp al-Hol in the upcoming repatriation is not know yet. 

The repatriation comes after a delegation from the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), accompanied by the Chief of Iraq’s National Security Service, on 5 June 2022 visit Camp al-Hol to evaluate the situation in the overcrowded complex. 

Iraq, the UN, and the Kurdish forces in control of Camp al-Hol have repeatedly warned of serious threats if the non-Syrian nationals are not repatriated to their home countries. 

The camp is home to 16,404 families, with a number of 60,351 members, including 8,256 Iraqi families, estimated at 30,738 people, and 5,619 Syrian families, consisting of 21,058 members, and about 2,529 foreign families, estimated at 8,555 people.

The majority of the residents of the facility in north of Hasakah province are family members of Islamic State (IS) militants killed during war or detained by the Kurdish forces. 

“Keeping people in restricted and poor conditions ultimately creates greater protection and security risks than taking them back in a controlled manner. Iraq is demonstrating that responsible repatriations are possible, by finding dignified solutions anchored in the principles of both accountability and reintegration,” The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, said during her visit to Camp Hol last June. 

“The best and only durable solution is to control the situation, managing returns swiftly and decisively, in the spirit of partnership, to prevent the legacy of yesterday’s fight from fueling tomorrow’s conflict,” she added. 

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