Iraq IDP Crisis

Since December 2013, heavy fighting between the Iraqi Security Forces and Armed Groups has resulted in instability, violence, and population displacement.  As of April 2017, IOM identified over 3 million Iraqis internally displaced by violence. 

Iraq’s humanitarian challenges are immense. 

The majority of displaced Iraqis are living in private settings (over 1.8 million, including in host families or in rented accommodation); and over 680,000 are in camps. More than 470,000 continue living in critical shelter arrangements, including unfinished buildings, abandoned buildings, schools, and religious buildings.  

IOM Iraq was among the first humanitarian organisations to respond to this emergency, and has worked since the onset of violence to support displaced Iraqis across the country.

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, 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. 

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, IOM has implemented the DTM in over 30 countries including Haiti, Pakistan, Mali, the Philippines, and South Sudan.

IOM has a proven ability to reach vulnerable populations in even the most remote locations of Iraq. In order to reach displaced and vulnerable Iraqis in greatest need of assistance, IOM requires a total of $76 million in funds by the end of 2017.

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.

NFI kits contain the most essential and urgently required items, including gas cookers, kerosene heaters, cleaning powder, mattresses, pillows, blankets, towels, carpets, and plastic cabinets. The IOM NFI distribution was organized in coordination with local government officials from the Kerbala Provincial Council...