Iraq Situation: UNHCR Flash Update - 12 April 2018

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 12 Apr 2018

Key figures

2.2 million IDPs remain displaced since January 2014

278,742 Iraqi refugees hosted in countries in the region, with 12,102 Iraqis in camps in Al-Hassakeh Governorate, Syria

665,910 IDPs in Ninewa (including as a result of the Mosul military operation)

64,038 IDPs currently displaced due to military operations in Hawiga (Kirkuk) and Shirqat (Salah al-Din)

45,150 IDPs currently displaced due to military operations in west Anbar

713,281 individuals (149,523 households) currently enrolled in ASSIST, UNHCR’s assistance tracking tool

Situation Update

In view of the continuing presence of internally displaced people (IDPs), UNHCR is working to maintain 17 camps and urban-related activities in Dahuk Governorate. The top three reasons preventing families from returning are unsafe conditions in the areas of origin, occupied or damaged/destroyed houses, and lack of basic services.

Retaken areas are not fully cleared of explosive hazards, and unstable infrastructures heavily damaged from ground fighting and airstrikes present safety concerns. Furthermore, road and neighbourhood closures, checkpoints, curfews, and military attacks are reportedly creating serious security challenges for displaced, resident and returning populations. Moreover returnees reportedly perceive security screening mechanisms to be harsh and fear arbitrary arrest. In March, returns from Dahuk were minimal, with 919 individuals returning to their place of origin, mainly to Alqosh sub-district of Ninewa Governorate. Dahuk Governorate hosts estimated 354,432 IDPs, over 99 per cent of whom are from the neighbouring Ninewa Governorate.