From a refuge in Iraq to living in a no mans land
Palestinian refugees boy from Baghdad living in no mans land between the Iraqi and Syrian border at Al Tanf Refugee Camp. / UNHCR / J. Wreford / January 2007
The first refugees began arriving from Iraq in May 2006 when they were barred from entering Syria. Since October 2007, when the population was around 350, all new arrivals are Palestinians who had been residing in Syria with Iraqi documents obtained fraudulently and who have been deported or left voluntarily to Al Tanf Camp. Despite some departures for Chile, Sweden and Switzerland in 2008, the continued arrival of Palestinians from Damascus is putting further strain on the already difficult living conditions in the camp.