Iraq Situation: UNHCR Flash Update - 20 April 2017

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 20 Apr 2017


330,012 Iraqis currently internally displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since military operations to retake the city began on 17 October 2016

43,575 core relief item (CRIs) kits distributed to families in camps, assisting some 249,000 IDPs from Mosul and surrounding areas

9,344 family plots currently occupied out of 17,403 family plots (for some 104,000 people) in UNHCR built camps ready to receive IDPs displaced from the Mosul corridor

3 million IDPs since January 2014

253,992 Iraqi refugees hosted in countries in the region, and 15,079 Iraqis received in Al Hol camp in Syria since 17 October 2016


USD 578 million requested for IDPs and Iraqi refugees in the region in 2017


Returns outpace new arrivals in camps east of Mosul. Between 11 and 17 April, camp management at Hassansham M2 report that 139 families arrived, while 620 families left. At Hassansham U3 and Khazer M1, the trend was less pronounced, but nonetheless tilted toward return: 74 families arrived at and 131 departed from Hassansham U3, while 309 families arrived at and 386 left Khazer M1. During the same period, Chamakor camp received seven IDP families and had no departures. In total, more than 60,000 IDPs have left camps in the east to return, reunite with family members in other camps, or relocate to areas outside of camps since 17 October 2016.

Nearly 83% of the families leaving camps in the east planned to return to locations in Mosul city. Most reported that they intended to return to east Mosul, including those whose homes are located in west Mosul (who state that they will stay with relatives or rent accommodation in east Mosul). Among the remainder of the returnee population, 6% gave Hammam Al-Alil as their destination, 6% specified Gogachly, and 5% cited other locations. Returnees interviewed by UNHCR’s partner cited reunification with family members, resuming government employment or finding a job, and securing property as their main reasons for return.

Significant outflows from west Mosul continue. Notwithstanding the above-mentioned return trend, government authorities continue to report significant numbers of IDPs reaching Hammam Al-Alil screening site from west Mosul. On 18 April, 9,347 persons reached the site, while on 19 April 7,425 persons arrived. With capacity within Hammam Al-Alil 1 and the first phase of construction at Hammam Al-Alil 2 exhausted, all families are moving on to camps north, south, and east of Mosul, or to Gogachly.