Return Index Findings, Round 1 - Iraq
As more people return to their places of origin than remain displaced in Iraq, it is necessary to know the severity of conditions in the locations to which they are returning, how this changes over time, and finally, which locations have limited returns and why, to shape strategies for intervention and resource allocation. The new Return Index is a tool developed to measure this in over 1,400 return locations in the country. This briefing report highlights the tool, its methods, initial findings, and uses of data.
The Return Index correlates all data available on returnee population numbers with indicators on (a) livelihoods and basic services and (b) social cohesion and safety perceptions to create a score at location level (i.e., individual village, town or neighbourhood) that measures the severity of conditions or quality of return.