Iraq IDP Crisis

Since December 2013, heavy fighting between the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Armed Opposition Groups (AOG) in the governorates throughout northern Iraq has resulted in instability, violence, and population displacement.  As of 18 August 2014, IOM identified 218,435 families (an estimated 1,310,610 individuals) displaced from violence, as well as 1,483 IDP sites. 

Iraq’s humanitarian challenges are immense. 

More than 1.3 million Iraqis have been confirmed displaced in 2014, in three distinct displacement waves 1) those displaced from the Anbar conflict starting in early January, 2) the Mosul conflict, which began in early June and 3) the Sinjar crisis in which began on 4 August. While many Iraqis have found their way to displacement camps, many living in schools, mosques, churches and in unfinished buildings.

 

 

IOM Iraq was among the first humanitarian organisations to respond to this emergency, and has worked since the onset of violence to support and serve Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across Iraq. The ongoing violence has rapidly accelerated displacement with flows of Iraqis moving from Kurdistan region to locations in the central, western, and souther regions of Iraq. 

IOM executes a variety of activities to deliver life-saving items to IDPs.  IOM is co-Chair of the Non-Food Item (NFI)/Shelter Cluster for the Iraq Humanitarian Country Team  2014 Iraq Strategic Response Plan (SRP), which addresses the IDP Crisis. 

In partnership with with UN Agencies and external stakeholders, IOM delivers critical NFIs, emergency shelter units, and mobile medical teams to hundreds of thousands of IDPs throughout Iraq. 

As one of its core 'products' IOM provides the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), Government of Iraq (GoI) and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) with an advanced understanding of IDP numbers, location and movement, through the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM); an information management tool developed by IOM to track and monitor displaced populations and the conditions in the areas in which they have temporarily settled. DTM was launched in Iraq in 2006 to track the movements of IDPs during earlier waves of sectarian violence.

 

To date, DTM has been rolled out in over 30 countries includingHaiti, Pakistan, Mali, the Philippines, and South Sudan. 

As of 18 August, IOM has distributed 22,157 NFIs, 16,685 World Food Programme (WFP) food parcels, 1,820 UNFPA Women's Dignity Kits (WDK), 1,513 UNICEF hygiene kits, and 3 World Health Organisation (WHO) Type-B medical kits to IDPs in eleven different governorates affected by the Iraq IDP Crisis.

 

IOM has proven that as long as we have the resources, we have ability to reach vulnerable populations in even the most remote locations of Iraq. In order to reach beneficiaries as outlined in the  SRP, IOM requires a total of $40 million in funds by the end of December 2014.

Explore the links below for more details about the current situation in Iraq and IOM Iraq's response to the crisis, as well as the latest DTM Report.

IOM Iraq Situation Report | Mosul Response Update #4 covers IOM Iraq activities from 24 September to 6 October in response to recent displacements from Salah al-Din, Ninewa and Kirkuk governorates as a result of military operations in the Mosul corridor.

Photo-IOM provides transportation to displaced Iraqis

Iraq - Over 90,000 Iraqis have been displaced in the Mosul Corridor as military operations continue in preparedness for the liberation of Mosul. This includes over 82,600 IDPs who have been displaced from Salah al-Din (Baiji and Al Shirqat districts) and Ninewa (Al Qayara district) since 16 June, as recorded by IOM...

Iraq - After months of being unable to leave the city and living under siege, thousands of Iraqi families are currently fleeing the fighting in Fallujah via two main bridges, which were opened yesterday, 16 June. These displaced Iraqis join the more than 68,000 who already fled the city between 22 May and the...

Iraq - IOM is closely monitoring displacement from Fallujah in response to ongoing military operations in and around the city, which intensified on 22 May 2016. IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Emergency Tracking identified a total of 43,470 internally displaced Iraqis (7,245 families) from Fallujah...

BAGHDAD, 6 June 2016 – The UN and partners are in a race against time to provide life-saving assistance to people fleeing escalating violence in Anbar, particularly around the battle for Fallujah.

On 5 June, UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the...

Iraq - The latest IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) identified 3,418,332 internally displaced Iraqis (569,722 families) from 1 January 2014 through 31 March 2016.

Considering the available information, the UN Humanitarian Country Team has increased the humanitarian response planning figure from 3.3...

1 April 16

Iraq - The Government of Japan is providing a total of USD 4 million to IOM Iraq to support internally displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees. This contribution will support IOM’s response to the current humanitarian and displacement crisis in the country and will fund two projects over 12 months....

IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) reports that over 3.3 million Iraqis have been internally displaced since January 2014. More than 553,000 have returned to their places of origin in liberated areas, the majority to Salah al-Din and Ninewa governorates.

During the month of February, increased...

Iraq - The IOM Iraq - German Humanitarian Admission Program (HAP) closing ceremony this week in Stuttgart marked the program’s achievements: the movement of over 1,000 of the most vulnerable women and children targeted in the ongoing conflict in Iraq to the State of Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

Many of...

Iraq - On Sunday (10/1) IOM Iraq Chief of Mission Thomas Lothar Weiss visited Baghdad’s Zayouna Camp with Iraqi Member of Parliament Yunadim Kanna, Al-Russafa Branch Director of the Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displacement (MoMD) Saffa Hamzeh, Deputy Governor of Baghdad governorate Jassim Al-Blkhati, Bishop...

The most recent Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) reports that over 3.2 million Iraqis have been displaced throughout the country since January 2014. In addition, Iraq is hosting nearly 245,000 Syrian refugees, the majority of whom are residing in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

As of December 3, a total of...

Iraq - The IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) published yesterday, identified 3,195,390 internally displaced Iraqis (532,565 families), from 1 January 2014 through 3 December 2015.

Considering the available information and the DTM methodology, the UN Humanitarian Country Team maintains the...

Iraq - As winter temperatures set in across Iraq, IOM is distributing fuel for use in kerosene heaters to vulnerable refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities. These people, many of whom are facing long-term or multiple displacements and hardship, are often unable to afford the fuel needed...

Iraq - The IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), published yesterday (19/11), identified 3,181,176 internally displaced Iraqis (530,196 families) from 1 January 2014 through 5 November 2015.

Considering the available information and the DTM methodology, the UN Humanitarian Country Team will maintain...

Armed conflict continues to cause displacement in various areas of Iraq. IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) has identified 533,773 displaced families since the onset of the crisis in January 2014.  However, as displacement continues, there is an increasing trend of Iraqis returning to their areas of origin...

Iraq -  The IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), published this week, identified 3,206,736 internally displaced Iraqis (534,456 families) from 1 January 2014 through 29 September 2015.

Considering the available information and the DTM methodology, the UN Humanitarian Country Team will maintain the...

As the Eid al-Adha holiday approaches in Iraq, mass displacement continues as a result of ongoing conflict across the country. Between 24 August and 5 September an additional 1,805 families have been displaced from their homes due to fighting around Kirkuk. The most recent DTM data also identified 11,864 families...

Iraq - The IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) published this week, identified 3,182,736 internally displaced Iraqis (530,456 families) from January 2014 through 27 August 2015.

Considering the available information and the DTM methodology, the UN Humanitarian Country Team will hold the planning...

As fighting continues across Iraq, internally displaced Iraqis face challenges in seeking access to safe areas. Displaced Iraqis wait at checkpoints for sponsors to ensure their passage into safer governorates. There are reports of forcible evictions as local institutions become increasingly strained in both...

Iraq - IOM Iraq’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) updated figures, released yesterday, identified 3,176,946 internally displaced Iraqis (529,491 families) across Iraq from January 2014 to 13 August 2015.

Based on the available information and the DTM methodology, the UN Humanitarian Country Team planning...

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