Anbar Governorate Profile

Anbar, with its population centers in the northeast and desert in the west, is by far the largest governorate in Iraq. Following the nationwide rise in violence in 2006, a massive number of families displaced both within Iraq and abroad. As a result, Anbar contains three broadly defined groups affected by displacement—those internally displaced people (IDP) who have not returned to their place of origin, families which have returned to their original location after a period of time away (returnees), and host community (HC) members living alongside IDP and returnee populations. A large portion of Anbar’s IDP population has returned to their original locations, but, with a worsening security situation and a growing Syrian refugee population, Anbar has a difficult time focusing on the needs and concerns of its local population.

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