2,160 MKO members waiting for relocation to 3rd countries

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement that there are approximately 2,160 MKO members in Camp Liberty waiting for their relocation to a third country.

“UNHCR and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) have been working since 2011 to find relocation opportunities outside Iraq for residents of the Hurriya TTL,” said UNHCR in a statement released following the attack on Camp Liberty residents. “Approximately 2,160 of this group remain in the Hurriya TTL.”

“Working with States and its partners UNHCR has supported the relocation of more than 900 residents to safe third countries since 2011,” reads the statement. “The solutions being delivered by UNHCR are current with more than 260 residents relocated since July 2015. Arrangements are in place to relocate in excess of 200 more people by the end of 2015.”

Appreciating the measures taken by some countries already to relocate residents to situations of safety and security, UNHCR renewed calls upon governments of other countries to find ways “to offer long term solutions” for the members of MKO in Iraq’s Camp Liberty.

“If long term solutions cannot be made available immediately, the urgent need to relocate the residents would justify an extraordinary evacuation to a safer temporary platform from where they could be permanently relocated to a third country,” the statement added.