IOM Iraq Press Briefing Notes

01 July, 2020


Erbil — As of 30 June 49,109 confirmed cases of COVID-19 had been reported in Iraq, representing a more than tenfold increase in cases since early May. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently confirmed more than 1 million cases of COVID-19 in the 22 countries of its Eastern Mediterranean Region, calling this a “very concerning milestone”.

22 June, 2020


Erbil – Decades of conflict in Iraq have had a devastating effect on the country and led to deeper divisions along sectarian lines. As Iraq transitions towards a post-conflict environment, the government and the international community are invested in stabilization activities that are essential to maintaining community security and bolstering the recovery process.

04 June, 2020


Erbil — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten workforces globally, migrant workers are at particular risk of losing their livelihoods. Like in other countries, migrant workers in Iraq have been disproportionately affected by the crisis, with widespread layoffs leaving many in a precarious financial situation, unable to meet their basic needs.

12 May, 2020


Baghdad — The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that the increase in cases of COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean, including Iraq, is of particular and great concern. 2,818 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 110 deaths had been reported in Iraq by 11 May 2020.

04 May, 2020


يُعَّد صندوق تطوير المشاريع (EDF) المُدار من قبل المنظمة الدولية للهجرة نهجاً مبتكراً لخلق فرص العمل من خلال توفير الدعم للمشاريع الصغيرة والمتوسطة والمساهمة في تحقيق الانتعاش الاقتصادي وتنمية القطاع الخاص


04 May, 2020


IOM Iraq’s Enterprise Development Fund (EDF) takes an innovative approach to job creation, by supporting small and medium enterprises that contribute to economic recovery and private sector development.

The recently launched EDF website provides an overview of the programme and allows business owners in Iraq to apply for cash-grants online. Additional features include: