The information in the DTM portal is the result of data collected by IOM field teams and complements information provided and generated by governmental and other entities in Iraq. IOM Iraq endeavors to keep this information as up to date and accurate as possible, but makes no claim—expressed or implied— on the completeness, accuracy and suitability of the information provided through this website. Challenges that should be taken into account when using DTM data in Iraq include the fluidity of the displaced population movements along with repeated emergency situations and limited access to large parts of the country.



In December 2017, for the first time since the beginning of the crisis, the DTM reported a higher figure for returnees (3.2 million) than IDPs (2.6 million) across the country. As of 31 July 2018, nearly four million individuals have now returned to their home location and there are less than two million identified IDPs. Following completion of Round 100 Baseline assessments activities, the DTM has identified 1,953,984 IDPs (325,664 families) who were displaced after January 2014, dispersed across 104 districts and 3,335 locations in Iraq. For the same period, DTM also identified 3,956,610 returnees (659,435 families) across 1,442 locations in 37 districts.


Refugees – UNHCR coordinates with the Government, UN agencies, and local and international partners on the response for refugees, including activities related to registration, protection monitoring and advocacy, legal aid, psychosocial support, child protection, and prevention and response to sexual and gender-based violence(SGBV). Resettlement to third countries is pursued for a small number of refugees with acute vulnerabilities.
 IDPs – Direct interventions are undertaken with local, regional and national authorities to ensure that the displaced can access safety in camps and in non-camp locations. Protection monitoring teams have been deployed to identify protection and assistance needs, which directly inform protection responses, including provision of legal assistance on a range of issues such as missing civil documentation, prevention and response to SGBV and
sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), child protection, reunification of separated families, and the coordination of IDP protection responses with the government, NGOs and other UN agencies.

Key figures
2.14 million IDPs remain displaced since January 2014
278,047 Iraqi refugees hosted in countries in the region, with 12,105 Iraqis in camps in Al-Hassakeh Governorate, Syria
646,056 IDPs in Ninewa (including as a result of the Mosul military operation)
59,628 IDPs currently displaced due to military operations in Hawiga (Kirkuk) and Shirqat (Salah al-Din)
44,838 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
34 per cent of the 2.14 million internally displaced people (IDPs) are currently displaced in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) according to IOM. The KR-I has two out the three governorates in the country where IDPs still exceed the number of returnees (Dohuk and Erbil; the third being Baghdad).
Some 99 per cent of returns are taking place to areas of origin in governorates in the centre and south of Iraq and the total number of IDPs in Iraq decreased by approximately 5 per cent (112,446 individuals) during the month of March 2018. Babylon has not witnessed any returns, with 33,906 IDPs from Babylon still displaced within the governorate itself




ما أن دنست أقدام الغرباء أرض العراق الطاهرة حتى حل الدمار واخلراب على تأريخ وحضارة ميتد عمرها آالف السنني لم تشهد من قبل إال تآلفاً بني القلوب وأصالة العيش الكرمي...أخوة متحابني يتوارثون من األجداد صناعة اجملد العريق. فبعد أحداث حزيران لسنة 2014 وما نتج عنه من مآسي وأحزان خلفت وراءها أفواج كبيرة من النازحني خوفاً من بطش وإجرام املعتدين تاركني وراءهم أرضهم وأموالهم وكل ما ميلكونه وصاروا يبحثون عن مالذ آمن يلجأون إليه. توثيقاً لهذه املرحلة الصعبة واالستثنائية التي يشهدها بلدنا العزيز، فقد انبرى اجلهاز املركزي لإلحصاء كما هو شأنه في العمل حتت كل الظروف مدركاً ضرورة توفير مؤشرات وبيانات عن األسر النازحة لتكون أداة حقيقة للكشف عن أحوال األسر النازحة ومعرفة األوضاع التي يعيشونها وبالتالي ميكن وضع اخلطط املناسبة لتلبية احتياجاتهم ومعاجلة املشاكل التي يواجهونها بسبب النزوح. وبعد التنسيق املستمر مع وزارة الهجرة واملهجرين واملساعدة التي قدمتها اللجنة العليا إلغاثة وإيواء العوائل النازحة، باشر اجلهاز املركزي لإلحصاء وبالشراكة مع وزارة الهجرة واملهجرين باإلستعداد والتخطيط لتنفيذ املسح الوطني للنازحني.








While Iraq is much in the news these days, there are important gaps in coverage by the mainstream press. Media explanations of the current crisis tend to simplistically focus on the struggle between Iraqi/Kurdish forces and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. And yet there is a much more complex reality of ethnic and political conflict in Iraq, including a strong sense of grievance of the Sunni Arab community, which is likely to have major humanitarian consequences, regardless of what happens in the fight with ISIL. People are not only fleeing their homes in Iraq because of atrocities committed by ISIL. They are also fleeing atrocities committed by a plethora of other armed groups, such as Shia militia groups as well as bombings by pro-government forces.





Lost in discussions of the military surge, the pace of troop drawdowns, and political benchmarks are millions of displaced Iraqi women, children, and men. Their plight is both a humanitarian tragedy and a strategic crisis that is not being addressed.
The massive Iraqi displacement is like the proverbial elephant in the room: U.S. administration officials may acknowledge it as an important issue but lack a serious long-term plan to address the crisis. There is a risk that ignoring this humanitarian dimension will be yet another in a series of strategic blunders by the U.S. government with far-reaching political consequences. After all, the displacement of less than a million Palestinians from Israel in 1948 was initially seen as a temporary humanitarian problem, requiring temporary humanitarian solutions. Today it is hard
There are compelling moral and political reasons why reparations matter to victims and societies as a whole. There are equally compelling legal reasons why states should provide reparations, not least because they are bound by various international treaties that incorporate this obligation. Iraq has ratified most international human rights treaties including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (party since 1971), the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (1970), the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1971), the Convention against Torture (2011), and the Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearances (2010). Iraq has also ratified most treaties on humanitarian law, including the Geneva Conventions of 1949 (1956). .