Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Nearly half million Iraqi refugees have been repatriated to their home regions in Nineveh province, the Iraqi government declared on Tuesday.
Migration and Displacement Minister Jassem al-Jaff said in a statement that his ministry had managed to repatriate nearly 450.000 people, out of 1.350 million, fto Nineveh.
He said the conditions of refugees in Nineveh remain “exceptional” due to the “ethnic, religious and tribal diversity”, the minister said, adding that this situation requires a greater effort. He pointed that regions to which refugees are repatriated fac |societal and security issues that delay their return
Iraq’s war against Islamic State militants, who occupied large parts of the country in 2014 to proclaim an Islamic “caliphate”, has displaced nearly five million people, according to United Nations figures. Those were both displaced internally or forced to flee to refugee camps abroad. Iraqi officials say nearly half of the total number of displaced people have yet to return home.
Refugees have reportedly endured difficult living conditions inside camps due to food and medicine shortages, as well as bad weather conditions.
Iraq declared final victory over the militant group last month, currently working to clear remnant cells at liberated areas.