Last year, one of the main factors causing the recession was the fight between the governments in Erbil and Baghdad, which lead to the Kurdistan Region not receiving its part of the national Iraqi budget. Kurdish civil servants were not paid for months and government projects were halted.
In this climate, the money that IDPs brought in became one of the main
factors preventing the economy from a complete collapse. Like in
Lebanon, the refugees and IDPs added value to the economy.
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