Inter-Agency Regional Response for Syrian Refugees

07 April 2014


  • Iraq reported its first case of Wild Polio Virus (PV1) on 10 February in a six-month old boy from Baghdad. The recent polio outbreak in Syria, where 25 cases of the Wild Polio Virus were confirmed, has heightened Iraq’s vulnerability to the disease. Iraq is considered highly vulnerable given its proximity to Der Al-Zour province in Syria, where most of the PV1 cases were identified. The last Iraqi polio case was reported in January 2000. Health officials are stepping up polio immunization and surveillance.
  • The Irish Department of Justice on 10 March established a humanitarian admission programme to allow people affected by the Syrian conflict to join close relatives who are lawfully residing in Ireland. The Syrian Humanitarian Admission Programme (SHAP) offers temporary residency for up to two years to vulnerable persons affected by the conflict in Syria.
  • Derike Secondary School, the first secondary school in Iraq’s Domiz Camp in the Kurdistan Region, has officially opened. The school was built by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and UNESCO, and is run by UNESCO in collaboration with UNHCR and the Department of Education.

Regional Figures

  • 2.6 million Syrian refugees have fled to neighbouring countries and North Africa
  • 51% of the Syrian refugee population are under 18 years old
  • Over 80% of Syrian refugees reside outside of camps in host communities
  • Syrian refugees are spread across some 1,600 locations in Lebanon

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