Iraq

Not Available

Immigration detainees

2019

Not Available

Detained children

2017

1,060

New asylum applications

2019

273,986

Refugees

2019

368,062

International migrants

2019

Overview

Types of facilities used for migration-related detention
Administrative Ad Hoc Criminal Unknown

21 September 2020

InfoMigrants, “First European Voluntary Return Flight to Iraq Since Start of Pandemic,” 4 September 2020, https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/27057/first-european-voluntary-return-flight-to-iraq-since-start-of-pandemic
InfoMigrants, “First European Voluntary Return Flight to Iraq Since Start of Pandemic,” 4 September 2020, https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/27057/first-european-voluntary-return-flight-to-iraq-since-start-of-pandemic

Since March, Iraq has imposed movement restrictions and closed border points to control the spread of the virus. The border closures have been a major obstacle for refugees and asylum seekers, mainly from Syria. However, UNHCR reports that since July the Peshkhabour Border Crossing Point has been open intermittently—albeit only to accept the readmission of Syrians already registered in the Kurdish Region of Iraq (KR-I). More recently, with cases rising rapidly in the country, the government announced the closure of the border with Iran—believed to be in order to prevent Iranian pilgrims from entering the country to mark Arbaeen in Najaf and Karbala.

Iraq’s 1.4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) also represent an extremely vulnerable group in the country. Many IDPs live in precarious and overcrowded shelters that lack adequate hygiene facilities. NGOs and international organisations have provided sanitation kits and health counselling.

According to UNHCR, as of 27 August 2020 a total of 68 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed amongst the refugee and IDP community—including in camps in Anbar, Dohuk, Erbil, and Ninewa Governorates. In some camps, management have initiated lockdowns in-line with Camp Coordination and Camp Management Covid-19 preparedness and response plans.

On 2 September, for the first time since border closures in March, a “voluntary” repatriation flight from Europe returned some 50 Iraqis. The flight was provided by Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Belgium, together with the IOM, and was supported by the EU and financed by Frontex.


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IMMIGRATION AND DETENTION-RELATED STATISTICS

Total number of immigration detainees by year
Not Available
2019
Total number of detained minors
Not Available
2017
Criminal prison population
42,880
2014
47,690
2013
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
123
2014
139
2013
Population
40,200,000
2020
36,423,000
2015
International migrants
368,062
2019
353,900
2015
International migrants as a percentage of the population
1
2015
Refugees
273,986
2019
283,022
2018
277,672
2017
261,882
2016
277,701
2015
271,143
2014
Ratio of refugees per 1000 inhabitants
6.97
2016
7.69
2014
Total number of new asylum applications
1,060
2019
4,195
2016
2,524
2014
Refugee recognition rate
89.2
2014
Stateless persons
47,515
2018
47,630
2017
48,200
2016
50,000
2015

SOCIO-ECONOMIC INDICATORS

Gross Domestic Product per capita (in USD)
6,420
2014
Remittances to the country
271
2014
Unemployment Rate
2014
Net official development assistance (ODA) (in millions USD)
1,369.8
2014
Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP)
121 (Medium)
2015

DOMESTIC LAWS AND POLICIES

Legal tradition
Civil law
2017
Muslim law
2017

INTERNATIONAL LAW

International treaty reservations
Reservation Year
Observation Date
CRC Article 14 1994
1994
1994
CEDAW Article 2 1986
1986
1986
Ratio of complaints procedures accepted
Observation Date
0/8
0/8
Relevant recommendations issued by treaty bodies
Recommendation Year
Committee on the Rights of the Child

§26. ...the Committee notes with concern that:

(a)    Victims of trafficking and of prostitution are reportedly being mistreated or abused during interrogation, and incarcerated, fined, convicted, deported or otherwise penalized for unlawful acts such as prostitution and immigration violations;

(b)    There are cases of girls sold into prostitution being kept in prison to “protect” them from reprisals for bringing shame on their family/community;

(c)    Mechanisms have not been put in place for the identification of child victims of offences under the Optional Protocol, and officials have not been trained or provided with any guidance to identify these child victims or children at particular risk, such as undocumented foreign migrant children or children arrested on prostitution charges.

§27.    The Committee urges the State party to:

(a)    Take prompt measures to ensure that children’s testimonies are regarded as full proof, and that children are allowed to file a complaint on their own behalf;

(b)    Immediately remove from prison all women and girls detained allegedly for their protection and provide them with all the support necessary;

(c)    Establish an effective system of reporting, with a child-sensitive inquiry and judicial procedure that fully protects children’s privacy and dignity;

(d)    Establish effective mechanisms to identify, detect and monitor children in vulnerable situations who are at risk of becoming victims of offences under the Optional Protocol, and provide these mechanisms with the necessary human, financial and technical resources, as well as training, for them to identify children who are  victims or at risk of offences under the Protocol;

(e)    Ensure that every child who has fallen victim to any of the crimes under the Optional Protocol is under no circumstances treated as a criminal, but always as a victim, and is provided with all the necessary protection, support and access to reintegration and recovery services;

(f)     Ensure that victims of trafficking are protected from any form of mistreatment and abuse when in contact with law enforcement officials, and have access to reporting channels.

2015
2015
Regional legal instruments
Year of Ratification (Treaty) / Transposed (Directive) / Adoption (Regulation)
AC, Arab Charter on Human Rights 2012
2012
Relevant recommendations of the UN Universal Periodic Review
Observation Date
No 2010
2017
No 2014

INSTITUTIONAL INDICATORS