Information on barriers to durable solutions experienced by displaced persons and returnees with disabilities in Iraq is extremely scarce.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is working alongside the Government of Iraq and other partners to create conditions that will enable internally displaced persons to return, relocate or locally integrate in a voluntary, safe and dignified manner – through a comprehensive package of interventions aimed at addressing barriers to durable solutions.
With generous support from the Government of Australia, IOM Iraq continues to strengthen its approach to disability inclusion. In 2019, the IOM Iraq Disability Inclusion Strategy 2019 – 2021 was launched, which laid solid foundations for disability inclusive practices and programming. In 2022, the IOM Iraq Country Strategy 2022 – 2024 and IOM Iraq Disability Inclusion Strategy 2022 – 2024 will also be launched, with the latter focussing on increased accountability – among all programme and programme support divisions across IOM Iraq – for reducing barriers experienced by people with disabilities, including access to durable solutions.
This report identifies concrete ways for members of the Government of Iraq, Kurdistan Regional Government, and durable solutions actors including IOM to address barriers experienced by displaced persons and returnees with disabilities in Iraq.
Ultimately, we hope that IOM’s support will help to make the most of the skills, resources and solidarity already expressed by displaced persons and returnees with disabilities, with the aim of contributing to a more accessible and inclusive Iraq.