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Iraq: 2009 eligibility guidelines still in place

In April 2009, UNHCR issued the “UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Iraqi Asylum-Seekers”. According to the guidelines, Iraqi asylum applicants originating from the five Central Governorates of Baghdad, Diyuala, Tameen, Ninewa and Salah-al-Din should continue to benefit from international protection in the form of refugee status under the 1951 Refugee Convention, or another form of protection. UNHCR advises that the April 2009 Guidelines remain applicable and that revised guidance will be issued once the situation so warrants.

UNHCR's position reflects the volatile security situation and the still-high level of prevailing violence, security incidents, kidnappings and other serious human rights violations taking place in these parts of Iraq.

The full guidelines can be found here: