Kerbala governorate profile, June 2015

Kerbala is located in south central Iraq. With a total population of 1,012,356 in­dividuals, it is one of the country’s small­est governorate and a holy site for Shia Muslims, which attracts pilgrims from Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. As a re­sult, Kerbala has well developed religious infrastructure, including hussayniyat and mosques.

Over the past decade, Kerbala received over 57,000 IDPs in the aftermath of the 2006 Samarra bombing.

The stable security situation and particular ethno-religious make-up of the governo­rate continue to pull new IDPs. In addi­tion to blooming religious tourism, which boosts up the local economy.

The recent crisis has already driven here over 72,300 persons, the majority of whom displaced from Ninewa after June and were reportedly Shiaa of Turkmen origin.

Kerbala, after Najaf hosts the second larg­est share of IDPs who stay in religious buildings, totaling 30% of those who dis­placed within the country and reside in the aforementioned shelter type.

Reportedly, due to the August 2014 deci­sion of local authorities IDPs who originate in Anbar are required to provide a local sponsor upon their arrival to Kerbala dis­trict.

In May, the MoMD registration process covered only IDPs who originate in Anbar, due to the statistical purposes.

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