IDP AND Refugee Crises: Perspectives and definitions from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: what do politics, media and civil society think and do regarding the IDP and refugee crises?
Date: November 17-18, 2016




Venue: Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Duhok* Rixos Hotel
Organizing Partners: Open Think Tank and Konrad Adenauer Shtiftung 

The goal of this event is to acknowledge the multiple points of view regarding the formulation of the problem and possible resolutions in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq regarding the IDP and refugee crises.
The term refugee crisis is overused in the later period, being adopted at different levels, by different actors, in different activities, with various scopes, both locally and globally. However, it is not always clear what meaning and content is given to this term. Some defining lines for the refugee crisis should be drawn, in order to understand the complexity of the issue, what it is and what it is not. At least three different points of view about the IDP and refugee crisis can be revealed: the points of view stemming from 1) the government and political actors, 2) the media, and 3) the civil society.

  • What does the Kurdistan Regional Government intend by the IDP and refugee crisis, when designing its policy?
  • What are the perceived challenges that are tackled and how much balance in the provision of governmental and civil society services is given to the issues met by the host community and the incoming IDPs and refugees?
  • To what extent is the exodus of its own people problematic for the government?
  • What institutional mechanisms are in place?
  • How is the IDP and refugee crisis defined and portrayed in the media and what images are broadcasted to the public by journalists and opinion makers?
  • How do the KRI elites and civil society define the problem in their management of the crisis?
  • Finally, what is the range of possible solutions under discussion?
  • How many of the solutions can be dealt with within the KRI and how many are beyond its resources?
  • How much and what kind of support is required, expected and received from the international community?

These and other questions will find answers during the two days of Open Debates, with our distinguished speakers and guests. 

 *The Open Debates AGENDA can be downloaded from this link.

**REGISTRATIONS: A limited number of places are available for participants interested in the proceedings of Open Debates. Please register at the following link and we will get back to you for further details. Should the number of applicants be greater than the number of available places, the selection will be made according to the motivation of each applicant .