Approximately 37,000 people arrive at IDP sites in Ninewa since January; nearly half of new arrivals cite economic difficulties as cause for displacement
IOM reports 3.6 million IDP returns to areas of origin as of late March
Relief actors distribute more than 16,700 USAID-supported RRM kits
Government of Iraq (GoI) authorities continue to consolidate and close internally displaced person (IDP) camps, raising concerns among relief actors of IDP evictions and involuntary relocations. As of late March, approximately 3.6 million people had returned to areas of origin, representing an increase of approximately 352,700 people since January, while an estimated 2.2 million Iraqis remained displaced countrywide, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports. The U.S. Government (USG) and humanitarian actors are advocating that the GoI ensure safe, dignified, and voluntary IDP returns to areas of origin.
Amid ongoing IDP returns to places of origin, relief actors report new displacements to IDP sites. Between January and March, nearly 6,200 displaced households— approximately 37,000 people—arrived at IDP sites near Ninewa Governorate’s Mosul city, according to the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster—the coordinating body for humanitarian CCCM activities, comprising UN agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and other key stakeholders. Nearly half of new arrivals reported financial difficulties as the cause of displacement.
In late March, the CCCM Cluster released governorate-specific analysis of a national IDP return intentions survey conducted between mid-December 2017 and mid-January 2018.
The analysis, which identifies trends among IDPs displaced from Anbar, Diyala, Kirkuk,
Ninewa, and Salah ad Din governorates, found that nearly 60 percent of camp-based IDPs from Ninewa did not intend to return to areas of origin in the coming months.
In January, relief organizations provided USAID-supported Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) kits—including food, hygiene items, and safe drinking water—to as many as 16,700 people in Anbar, Erbil, Kirkuk, Ninewa, and Salah ad Din governorates.