As of 30 September 2018, the DTM has identified more than four million people who have returned to their home location and less than two million still displaced. The latest figures from Round 104 baseline activities show that there are 1,890,696 IDPs (315,116 families) who were displaced after January 2014, dispersed across 104 districts, 18 governorates and 3,289 locations in Iraq. For the same period, DTM also identified 4,075,350 returnees (679,225) families) across 8 governorates, 38 districts and 1,539 locations.
The total number of identified IDPs decreased by approximately two per cent during the month of September (29,760). Decreases were recorded across all of Iraq’s 18 governorates with the execption of Sulaymaniyah, where 1,212 new families arrived.
In September, the returnee population increased by one per cent (46,656 individuals). The majority of returns were to the governorates of Ninewa (20,232 individuals) and Salah al-Din (12,510 individuals).
The increase in the number of returnees and the slowing rate of return prompted the DTM to create a return index to complement the existing information about the numers of returnees. The tool monitors the conditions in areas of return and indicates which locations have limited returns and why; it is also designed to measure the severity of conditions in these areas. Findings for the return index report can be found on the home page of the DTM website: iraqdtm.iom.int