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Iraq: Humanitarian Bulletin, June 2018 | Issued on 18 July

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  • Number of returnees reaches 3.9 million across Iraq

  • Progress made on Governorate Returns Committees

  • Humanitarian partners provide summer response packages to 57,808 most vulnerable households

  • More contributions are required to reach all people with critical assistance

  • The Iraq Humanitarian Fund completes the 2018 first standard allocation

The rate of displaced people returning home continues to outnumber the number of displaced people

The pace of displaced people returning to their places of origin is starting to slow down.

IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix has recorded as of 30 June 2018 just over two million displaced persons, while the number of returnees has increased to 3.9 million. The largest return population was found in Ninewa governorate (almost 1.5 million), followed by Anbar governorate (almost 1.3 million), and Salah al-Din governorate (over 0.5 million).

The Iraq Internally Displaced Persons Call Centre indicates that many displaced people reported a reluctance to return home due to the limited provision of services and livelihood opportunities as well as insecurity in the areas of origin. These factors may have contributed to a slowing down of the pace of returns in recent months.

Update on the Governorate Returns Committees

Four of five Governorate Returns Committees (GRCs) have been operationalised to support returnees

In April 2018, the Iraqi government established the GRCs to effectively manage the consolidation and closure of camps in line with the increase in families returning to their homes. The GRCs are comprised of representatives of the government, NGOs and the UN, and the committee is administratively supported by OCHA. The UN and NGO partners are supporting the GRCs to ensure that the return of displaced people is voluntary, safe and dignified, as well as to address the needs of those displaced people who are remaining in camps.

As of late June, the GRCs have been operationalised in Anbar, Kirkuk, and Salah al-Din governorates and partly in Ninewa governorate, where some preparatory work has been initiated by the UN, NGOs and the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Center. The GRC in Baghdad remains to be operationalised. The yet-to-be finalised Council of Representatives election has contributed to a delay in the establishment of all GRCs.

The provision of support to the GRCs to ensure that the return of displaced people is voluntary, safe and dignified, as well as to address the needs of displaced people who continue to reside in camps remains a priority for the UN and NGO partners.

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