Syrian Arab Republic: IDP Spontaneous Returns (September 2018)

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September update

The humanitarian community have tracked IDPs returning movements in several areas in Syria that have been relatively quiet during the month of September, which encouraged temporarily displaced people to return to their original areas of residence. For example, some IDPs in Idleb returned to Aleppo and Hama governorates, IDPs from Ar-Raqqa returned to Aleppo. A large number of IDPs (46,000) returned to Dar’a due to normalized situation in the governorate. In addition, Rural Damascus have also witnessed a significant number of IDPs roughly (31,000) returned to their areas of origin.
Notes - The returns refer to IDP spontaneous returns and does not necessarily follow the global definitions of ‘Returnees’ or durable solutions for IDPs.

  • The IDP spontaneous returns includes IDPs returning to their homes or communities of origin.

  • The returnees would be transferred to the category of resident after 6 months or as agreed by the IDP/Population task force (TBF).

  • The IDP spontaneous returns referred in this monthly report refers to the return movements occurred in the reported period only.

  • The process of verification is based on triangulation of verified IDP spontaneous returns reported by different mechanisms and further examined by the IDP TF through cross-checking population numbers from pervious years.

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