Dahuk Governorate Profile - September 2014

Dahuk is the northernmost governorate of Iraq bordering Turkey and is a part of the semiautonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Over 90,000 Syrian refugees, many of whom live in Domiz Camp, have taken shelter in Dahuk since the beginning of the Syria Crisis in 2012.2

In the first months of 2014, Dahuk saw the arrival of more than 500 families forcibly displaced from Anbar, primarily from the Fallujah and Ramadi districts. Since armed groups (AGs) seized control of Mosul in early June, the second largest city in Iraq and a mere 60 km from Dahuk city, Dahuk has experienced ever growing waves of displaced families seeking refuge in the governorate from the ongoing conflict in Ninewa. In the months of June and July, more than 50,000 people displaced from Ninewa to Dahuk, while in August over 400,000 sought refuge in Dahuk, making the governorate host to the single largest population of IDPs displaced this year. The security situation has remained stable in Dahuk, which has been the main pull factor for displaced population fleeing areas of violence and fighting. Official IDP registration with the authorities is ongoing. Many of the IDPs in Dahuk belong to vulnerable minority groups, such as the Yazidi religion or are Christian. 

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