Workshop on digital refugee legal aid in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
REF-ARAB researchers organized a workshop on digital refugee legal aid at Erbil Polytechnic University Campus.
REF-ARAB researchers Abdullah Yassen and Mirjam Twigt discussed their research findings with aid workers, lawyers and legal aid professionals. Photo: Erbil Polytechnic University.
Refugee protection in the KRI
On Wednesday March 9, 2022, REF-ARAB researchers Dr. Abdullah Yassen and Dr. Mirjam Twigt organized the workshop "Digital Refugee Legal Aid in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI)" at Erbil Polytechnic University Campus.
During the workshop, Yassen and Twigt shared and discussed lessons drawn from their research conducted as part of the REF-ARAB project. The REF-ARAB project explores the characteristics of refugee protection in states in the Middle East that are not party to the 1951 Refugee Convention.
In conducting this research, they have interviewed humanitarian workers, lawyers and legal aid providers with a view to further the understanding of the complex
The 17 workshop attendees came from a variety of professional backgrounds, ranging from international and local aid organisations providing legal support to refugees, to independent lawyers and fellow researchers.
Workshop participants specifically mapped the difficulties that different refugee communities face in accessing their rights in the KRI. They also discussed whether technologies are useful to circumvent some of these obstacles, as well as the current and future potentials and challenges for digitalising refugee legal aid in the KRI.
Several participants expressed that the workshop sparked much needed in-depth discussions. Considering the complex legal landscape in the KRI, the event was found to be helpful to foster more coordinated efforts supporting refugees' access to rights.