Erbil Governorate Profile - September 2014
Erbil, located in northwestern Iraq, hosts the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), which is located just 90 km from Mosul. As the economy and security of Erbil are generally better than many other areas of Iraq, the governorate continues to be a common destination for displaced populations. As the cost of living in Erbil is comparatively high, it has been noted that many families displace first to Erbil and then to other surrounding governorates in search of job opportunities and less expensive places to live. The number of IDPs in Erbil has skyrocketed since the start of June due to clashes between government forces and armed groups (AGs) primarily in Anbar, Ninewa, and Salah al-Din. The vast majority (86%) of IDPs in Erbil were displaced after June as a result of this fighting. The population of IDPs has continued to increase and more than 8,000 families have displaced to Erbil since the beginning of August. As of September 1, 2014, Erbil hosts more than 29,000 IDP families in 49 distinct locations identified by IOM.