Report: 16,000 Yazidi Refugees in Turkey and Syria Seek Legal Admission to Third Countries via Refugees Resettlement Programs

Report: 16,000 Yazidi Refugees in Turkey and Syria Seek Legal Admission to Third Countries via Refugees Resettlement Programs

Over the past 15 months, Yazidis faced the most devastating attacks of the 21st century on the hands of terrorists of the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). ISIL targeted Yazidis last year with the intent of extermination.

Campaign on Yazidis, one of the most ancient people of the region, resulted in enslavement of 5 to 7 thousands Yazidis, mostly women and children, killing of more than three thousands civilians and displacement of more than 85 percent of Yazidi population from their homeland in Sinjar and Nineveh Plain.

While moos of the displaced Yazidis settled in refugee camps in Kurdistan Region, northern Iraq who considered as IDPs- or Internally displaced people,   thousands of them fled to Turkey and Syria and settled in seven major camps in Turkey and one major camp in Syria.

In Turkey and Syria, more than 16,000 Yazidi refugees are currently living under horrific conditions in the areas of conflict between the Turkish military and PKK fighters, Yazidi refugees find themselves often caught in the  fight between the two sides or sieged in their camps. Last week, the Turkish army established a military base inside the Nusaybin Refugee camp, a camp that shelters  4,000 Yazidi refugees.

Yazda submits this report on behalf of Yazidi refugees currently displaced to Turkey and Syria, to be submitted to countries which have agreed to resettle refugees from Syria and Turkey.  We request that a quota be granted to Yazidi refugees and their petition through UNHCR resettlement program are expedited. Yazda urges European Union Nations, United States, Canada, and Australian governments to grant Yazidi refugees priority in their immigration programs and  expedited  UNHCR interviews for Yazidi Refugees.

Source Organization Yazda