Some 15,000 young men are said to have left the Kurdistan Region of Iraq recently for a better life in Europe. Slipping in with the bigger group of refugees from Syria, often posing as Syrians themselves, they took the dangerous road to the future.
Yet their situation cannot be compared to that of most Syrian
refugees. These young men might have suffered from the fact that Baghdad
has not paid the Kurdish region out of the national budget for the past
three months, meaning that civil servants – over 75 percent of all
workers – again did not get paid.
They may be fed up with the political situation in Kurdistan,
where the conflict among the parties about an extension to the
presidential term is slowing down most decisions. Or they may be fed up
with living so near to the war.
Among themselves and within their families, young Kurds talk
about the refugees entering Europe, and that they may be able to slip in
too. Sometimes, parents even give their sons the money to pay smugglers
for the trip.