Thi-Qar Governorate Profile - April 2014

Thi-Qar, one of Iraq’s southernmost governorates, is a predominately agricultural governorate that has seen a substantial wave of returnees from Syria in recent months. As of the end of February, at least 260  families had returned to Thi-Qar due to the conflict in Syria. Returnees, whether from Syria or other countries, are considered a vulnerable population due to difficulties with the registration process and a very high unemployment rate.  Additionally, a small number of IDP families from Anbar have arrived to the governorate and are living in the Al-Shatra, Nassriya, and Suq al-Shuyokh districts.  The number of informal settlements is growing in Thi-Qar, as families are increasingly moving to government-owned lands.

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