Kirkuk Governorate Profile - September 2014

Kirkuk is an ethnically diverse governorate in northern Iraq containing primarily Arabs, Kurds, and Turkmen. Kirkuk hosts a large population of displaced families from Anbar and Salah al-Din, and there also has been displacement within the governorate itself. Security has been deteriorating since the start of 2014. Many civilians have reportedly received threats on their lives and bombings and attacks have been frequent. Notably, multiple districts of Kirkuk are disputed internal boundaries (DIBs) between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), further exacerbating the unstable security situation.

As of September 1, Kirkuk hosts more than 21,000 IDP families. A striking 85% of this population arrived since the start of June, reflecting the downturn of stability in neighboring governorates and Kirkuk itself. The most common governorate of origin was neighboring Salah al-Din, where armed groups (AGs) have taken control of many areas. The turbulent security situation in many areas in the governorate has rendered many IDP locations inaccessible to IOM field teams for assessments. 

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