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Over 3 million displaced in Iraq

More than 500,000 Iraqi families internally displaced across country, International Organisation for Migration’s latest Displacement Tracking Matrix says.

More than 3 million Iraqis have been displaced across all of Iraq’s 18 governorates due to conflicts in the country from January 2014 through June 2015, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday.

“Most of the IDPs [internally displaced person] have been displaced to the Baghdad governorate [45 percent] or within the Anbar governorate [35 percent],” IOM spokesman Joel Millman said in a press conference at the UN headquarters in Geneva.

The majority of IDPs in Iraq  were originally either from the governorate of Anbar (1,162,998 individuals), Nineveh (1,052,016) or Salah al Din (453,054), he added.

According to IOM’s latest Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), the total number of internally displaced people in Iraq from January 2014 through June 4 is 3,087,372, that means 514,562 families.

According to the UN refugee agency, around the world, approximately 60 million people have been displaced by conflict and persecution and almost 20 million of them are refugees, including more than half are children.

In 2014 alone, 13.9 million people had been displaced, says the UNHCR.

Iraq has been facing a security vacuum since June 2014 after the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) stormed the northern province of Mosul and extended its territories in the region inside Syria.

Ewsource: TRT World, June 24, 2015


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