Response to the IDP Crisis in Iraq: Displacement Tracking Matrix | DTM Report Round XXVI August 2015


The Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) is an International Organization for Migration (IOM) information management tool that gathers specific information regarding the status and location of displaced persons across Iraq.

From the start of January 2014 through 30 July 2015, the DTM identified 3,171,606 internally displaced individuals (528,601 families),1 dispersed across 103 districts and 3,522 distinct locations in Iraq.2 Considering the available information and the DTM methodology, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) revises the planning figures for the humanitarian response to 3.2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs).


• The identified IDP population showed an increase of 2% (58,692 individuals) between 2 and 30 July 2015.

• During the reporting period, the governorates experiencing the highest increase of IDPs out of the respective totals have been Anbar 6% (31,896 individuals) and Kirkuk 5% (17,958 individuals).

• Approximately 87% of IDPs are originally from three governorates only: 40% from Anbar (1,281,276 individuals), 33% from Ninewa (1,034,358), 14% from Salah al-Din (429,744).

• Approximately 16% of the currently identified IDP population were displaced after April 2015. In particular, the number of IDPs displaced after 1st April 2015 increased by 32% during the reporting period.

• As of 30 July 2015, a total of 49,220 IDP families (295,320 individuals) are reported to have returned to their locations of origin.

• Since the most recent deterioration in the governorate of Salah al-Din starting on 14 June, DTM tracked 4,485 families (26,910 individuals) displaced within the governorate. Moreover, the reopening of the bridge between Samarra and Tikrit allowed 12,192 returnee families (73,152 individuals) within Salah al-Din to return to their location of origin. 84% of these returned to the city of Tikrit (Merkaz Tikrit).

• Between 8 and 21 July, following the most recent deterioration around Saqlawiyah City in Falluja district, DTM Emergency Tracking has identified 13,057 IDP families (78,342 individuals) who fled the area. Of these 94% (73,254 individuals) are displaced in Falluja city (Merkaz Falluja).