According to IOM Iraq’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), over 3.5 million people have returned to their places of origin in Iraq since the crisis erupted in January 2014, and the number of returnees continues to surpass 100,000 per month. At the same time, more than 2.3 million people continue to be displaced across Iraq, including over 631,000 IDPs in camps and nearly 260,000 in critical shelter arrangements, such as informal settlements, unfinished buildings, religious and school buildings.
Responding to the needs of these vulnerable people is among IOM’s top priorities, as elaborated in the UN Migration Agency’s Iraq Crisis 2018 Funding Appeal.
IOM appeals for USD 26.7 million for the urgent needs of more than 700,000 Iraqis across the country including IDPs and the increasing numbers of returnees. Just over half of IOM Iraq’s appeal is requested to assist IDPs and returnees with seasonal shelter and non-food items. The appeal also covers support to camp coordination and camp management, psychosocial support, health-care services, emergency livelihoods in retaken areas; and the implementation of the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM).
IOM Iraq’s appeal is in line with the United Nations’ Iraq Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2018, which was launched on March 6 in Baghdad, together with the Government of Iraq’s 2018 Plan for Relief, Shelter and Stabilization of IDPs.