Providing sustainable livelihood opportunities to vulnerable youth amongst the Syrian refugees and hosting communities in Dohuk and Erbil
The continuing unrest and instability in Syria is increasingly impacting the internal situation of Iraq, and particularly of the Kurdistan Region which in May 2014 is hosting 220,000 Syrian refugees. While the economy in the Kurdistan Region remains strong, there are challenges to secure sufficient income for Syrian refugees living in non-camp settings.
In order to promote community cohesion between Syrian refugees and the hosting communities, and promote durable solutions for the refugees’ population, UNDP and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) plan to provide sustainable livelihood opportunities to vulnerable youth amongst the Syrian refugees and hosting communities in Dohuk and Erbil. The main objective of the intervention is to help mitigate the impact of Syrian displacement through providing access to sustainable livelihood opportunities.
“This will be achieved by providing vulnerable Syrian refugees and hosting communities with access to livelihood skills trainings required in the job search and job placement. A sub-objective of the project is to build resilience amongst the hosting communities to take in the impact of the Syrian influx and stimulate integration of Syrian refugees with hosting communities” says Dr. Adam Abdelmoula, Country Director for UNDP Iraq. The project aims to provide the best protection environment for vulnerable Syrians.
“Syrian refugees and host communities members in Erbil and Dohuk will receive life skills training to enhance their professional abilities and livelihood skills required in the job market and will be put in touch with the employers DRC is currently working with for the past 10 months” says Anubha Sood, Programme Manager for DRC, “by doing so, Syrian refugees’ are given the opportunity to work and at the same time to enhance their livelihood skills.”
DRC and UNDP are looking forward to start this new programme which will help the host population to absorb the shocks of the Syrian influx and - at the same time - will promote self-reliance, resilience and empowerment amongst the Syrian refugees and contribute to the economy in the Kurdistan Region.
Mizuho Yokoi, Programme Specialist
Anubha Sood, Programme Manager- Emergency Livelihoods