DISPLACEMENT OF OVER 3 MILLION IDPs AMID CONTINUED RETURN MOVEMENTS
The Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) is IOM’s information management tool that gathers data on the status and location of displaced persons across Iraq.
As of 2 February 2017, the DTM has identified 3,030,006 internally displaced persons (505,001 families)1 displaced after January 2014, dispersed across 106 districts and 3,661 locations in Iraq.2 For the same period, the DTM has identified 1,495,962 returnees (i.e. 249,327 families).
Team (HCT) has revised the planning figures for the humanitarian response at 3 million internally displaced persons (IDPs).
From 5 January to 2 February 2017:
The total number of identified IDPs increased by 1%, i.e. by 34,002 individuals (page 3). However, it is worth noting that remarkable displacement and return movements have been recorded at the same time in different areas of the country.
Particularly, two governorates reported a significant increase of the displaced populations, namely Ninewa by 13% (52,746 individuals) and Salah al-Din by 3% (9,336 individuals). The increase is due to the military operations monitored in Salah al-Din since June 2016, Kirkuk (Hawija district) since August 2016, and in Ninewa since October 2016.
Despite the general increase in the number of IDPs most governorates recorded a decrease in identified IDPs during the reporting period: Anbar, where the IDP population decreased by 7%, i.e. by 18,888 individuals, and Baghdad, where the IDP population decreased by 4%, i.e. by 15,276 individuals. These governorates witnessed ongoing return movement to Anbar in areas which were retaken during spring and summer 2016.
Overall, the returnee population increased by 7%, i.e. by 98,946 individuals (page 12). The governorates that recorded the highest increase in returnees were Anbar (12% or 73,386 individuals) and Salah al-Din (2% or 6,798). The returns were particularly towards Falluja, Ramadi and Heet districts (Anbar), and Al Shirqat and Tikrit districts (Salah al-Din).