IOM Iraq Press Briefing Notes

06 November, 2016

On 5 November, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing visited two emergency sites that are being established by IOM Iraq at Qayara Airstrip and Haj Ali, both in Ninewa Governorate east of Mosul. These sites are being constructed to shelter displaced Iraqis from Mosul.

04 November, 2016

Iraq - The IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) today (04/11) recorded a total of 22,224 individuals displaced by fighting in the Mosul region that began on October 17.

01 November, 2016

Iraq – On Tuesday (1/11) the IOM the IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) – the standard data source used to guide the humanitarian response – recorded a total of 17,916 individuals displaced by military operations that began on 17 October around the Mosul region.

30 October, 2016

Iraq - A three-car IOM convoy travelled south from Erbil, Iraq, yesterday (27/10) into territory retaken recently from ISIL in Iraq’s Ninewah governorate.

25 October, 2016

IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix Launches Mosul Information Portal - A new portal has been launched on the IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix website to provide up-to-date figures on populations displaced following the military operations launched on 17 October to retake the city of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State (IS). 

20 October, 2016

Iraq - IOM Iraq visited the recently retaken area of Qayara to hand over the Qayara Airstrip emergency site to contractors, and to distribute 350 winter non-food item kits to populations from al-Hud, an area recently retaken from ISIL.

18 October, 2016

Iraq - IOM Iraq is undertaking research to investigate factors that limit displaced Iraqis’ willingness to return to their place of origin.

The proposed research is in response to the current displacement crisis, which began in January 2014 due to territorial gains by ISIL in northern and central Iraq, and the subsequent retake of some of these areas by coalition forces.

18 October, 2016

Iraq - Military operations to retake the ISIL-held city of Mosul began in the early hours of Sunday morning. In a worst-case scenario, the humanitarian operation in Mosul may be the single largest and most complex in the world in 2016. IOM stands ready to assist displaced populations across the country through an array of humanitarian responses.