UN Migration Agency Releases Data on Displacement and Returns in Iraq

31 January, 2018

The Integrated Location Assessment – Round III completed from 6 March to 6 May 2018, provides an in-depth look into both displacement and return movements in Iraq, putting a special focus on profiling the locations these groups live in and the social dynamics they are immersed in. This includes the demographics of the displaced and returnee populations, their current conditions, movement intentions, vulnerabilities, sectorial needs and the state of social cohesion in the locations they currently live in. 

The Integrated Location Assessment collects detailed information on IDP and returnee families living in locations out of camps identified through the DTM Master Lists Round 90 (Feb 2018). The unit of reference of this assessment is the location, and the information is collected at an aggregate level, on the majority of IDPs and returnees living in a given location, and not on individual families. Where access is possible, identified locations hosting IDPs and/or returnees are visited and directly assessed by the IOM Rapid Assessment and Response Teams (RARTs), who fill in a close-ended questionnaire with information collected through multiple interviews with several key informants (including members of the IDP and returnee communities) and through direct observation. At the end of the key informant interviews, RARTs fill one form with the summary of the information collected, and the data is then uploaded to the server and stored as one assessment. 

The Integrated Location Assessment III covered 4,177 locations hosting at least one or more IDP and/or returnee families, reaching 597,535 returnee families in 1,244 locations, and 248,632 IDP families in 3,289 locations. 

Geographic reference 
The geographic unit of reference in the Integrated Location Assessment is the “location”. A location is defined as an area that corresponds either to a sub-district (i.e. fourth official administrative division), a village for rural areas or a neighbourhood for urban areas (i.e. fifth official administrative division). 
Location boundaries are determined on the basis of key informants and RART team knowledge and evaluation. The list of locations is, as much as possible, harmonized and verified with authorities and the humanitarian community. However, an official or countrywide accepted list of locations and their boundaries has not yet been endorsed. 

- For the latest data of the Location Assessment on IDP/returnee populations, please click here
- To download the latest Integrated Location Assessment questionnaire, please click here
- To download the UXO/ERW/Mine Hazards in Locations of Return Dashboard, please click here.

The full-text report Integrated Location Assessment III will be available in the coming weeks. 

The ILA Part I: Thematic Overview, the ILA Part II: Governorate Profiles and Questionnaire can be downloaded on the DTM ILA III portal page.

For more information, please contact Sandra Black in IOM Iraq, Tel: +964 751 234 2550, Email: sblack@iom.int