Ninewa Governorate Profile - April 2014
Ninewa, located in northern Iraq, hosts the second largest population of IDPs post-2006 after Baghdad. The governorate also hosts 95,000 returnees who had previously been displaced elsewhere in the governorate, in other parts of the country, and abroad. Its capital, Mosul, has been particularly volatile in past months due to activities of armed opposition groups. Six of its nine districts have their governance disputed between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Government of Iraq. Due to a long border and strong social, economic and cultural ties with Syria, Ninewa hosts increasing numbers of Syrian refugees and Iraqi returnees from Syria.