Displacement Tracking Matrix - Iraq IDP Crisis - January 2014 to 30 November 2017: IDP Locations & Population


IOM’s DTM aims to monitor displacement and provide accurate data about the IDP population in Iraq. Data is collected by Rapid Assessment and Response Teams (RART), composed of 123 staff on the entire Iraqi territory. Data is gathered via a network of over 9,500 key informants.

From the start of January 2014 through 30 November 2017, the DTM has identified 2,883,738 internally displaced individuals (480,623 families).
This map shows locations where IDPs are currently residing, as well as overall concentrations across the country.

Dahuk governorate hosts the second largest IDP population (12% or 360,342 individuals), of whom 99% are from Ninewa governorate. The majority of IDPs (77%) were displaced in August 2014, while almost no IDPs hosted in the governorate were displaced after September 2014. In terms of shelter arrangements, Dahuk hosts 21% of the total IDP population housed in camps (151,980 individuals), corresponding to 42% of the IDP population in Dahuk. Instead, about 37% are housed in private settings, and only 17% is in critical shelter arrangements.

Ninewa governorate hosts the largest IDP population (33% or 941,166 individuals) and reports a very high rate of intra-governorate displacement, with 97% of IDPs originally from the same governorate. IDPs were displaced mainly in August 2014 (13%) and after October 2016 (75%).
The majority (43%) is in unknown shelters and (37%) in camps, while a smaller portion housed in private settings (16%), out which 9% in host families and 6% in rented houses. Finally, Ninewa governorate hosts 22% of the total returnees

Erbil governorate hosts the third largest displaced population (10% or 276,744 individuals). IDPs in Erbil are mainly from Ninewa (37%), Anbar (36%), Kirkuk (9%) and from within Erbil governorate (6%). They were displaced mainly in both June-July 2014 (32%) and after July 2017 (19%). The majority of IDPs (81%) are in rented houses. Lower shares are in Unknown shelter arrangements (11%) and camp (8%). Furthermore, Erbil hosts 1% of the total returnee population (15,336 individuals).

Salah al-Din governorate hosts the fourth largest IDP population (9% or 264,642 individuals). The majority of this population is originally from within Salah al-Din governorate (79%), while a smaller portion (17%) are from Kirkuk governorate. IDPs were displaced mainly in October - June 2017 (30%) and March 2016 - September 2017 (17%).
The vast majority (54%) is hosted in private settings. In addition, Salah al-Din hosts 16% of the total returnee population (449,052 individuals).