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REACH Completes August Overview of Displacement Trends in Iraq

Before the start of 2014, Iraq already had one of the largest internally displaced populations in the world, at up to an estimated 1.3 million. Around half of these had been displaced by sectarian violence since 2006. In addition, Iraq is hosting around 215,000 Syrian refugees, and many more unregistered, over 95% of these in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).

The recent escalation of conflict in Northern and Central Iraq since June 2014, on top of the Anbar crisis earlier this year, has led to the further displacement of an estimated 1.2 million people since January 2014. Recent displacement has closely followed a pattern of sectarian lines. As the conflict has expanded, a number of ethnic and/or religious minority groups have been displaced, many undergoing multiple displacements since June.

To help inform the humanitarian response to the crisis, this series of briefing notes outlines a number of key displacement patterns observed in Iraq since June 2014. The briefings captures the distinct displacement trends of four population groups: Shabak and Turkmen Shia Minorities from Ninewa Governorate, Christian Minorities from the Ninewa Plains, Yazidi Minorities from Sinjar and surrounding areas, Mixed displacement from Northern Diyala Governorate and are based on primary data collected by REACH enumerators in Northern and Central Iraq between 10-18 August 2014. Data collected includes 225 key informant interviews, 16 focus group discussions, and 172 household-level surveys, triangulated with available secondary data.

Download the full report and overview map

For more information, see the full list of reports and factsheets form REACH for the Iraq IDP crisis

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REACH Releases Urban Area Humanitarian Profiles of Northern Syria Cities

Through Key Informant interviews and direct field observations, REACH carried out rapid assessments on food, health and water in Eastern Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor, Al Hasakeh, and Qamishli.

Assessment findings highlight sector specific needs, priorities and severity levels to inform the ongoing relief response. A summary of the data collected is available in the form of factsheets for each city: Eastern Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor, Al Hasakeh, Qamishli, and Ar Raqqa.

To ensure that data could be comparable, REACH designed a multi-sector questionnaire based on data collection tools developed for the Syria Integrated Needs Assessment (SINA). REACH assessments do not aim to provide detailed programmatic information; rather these are designed to share with a broad audience a concise overview of the current situation in this area and to guide further, more targeted specialist assessments.

REACH Reports on Social Cohesion in Communities Hosting Syrian Refugees in Jordan 

REACH continues to actively support the response to the Syrian crisis by monitoring the tensions in communities hosting Syrian refugees in Jordan.

In consultation with the government and operational partners in Jordan, REACH identified information gaps in the data currently available on the causes of tensions within the host communities. In order to address these gaps, REACH conducted a multi-sectoral assessment to identify the emerging tensions in Jordan as a result of the Syrian crisis and how they could be mitigated through social cohesion and resilience programming. The assessment was conducted from August 2013 to March 2014 across the six northern governorates of Ajloun, Balqa, Irbid, Jarash, Al Mafraq and Zarqa. REACH’s assessment was supported by the British Embassy in Amman, local government ministries and key stakeholders such as the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), UN agencies and other humanitarian and development actors from the international community.

The assessment covered the themes of Education, Employment, Health, Housing, Perceptions of External Assistance, and Water.

For more information about REACH activities in Jordan, please visit our country page.