Although conflict in Mosul subsided and the number of civilian casualties in Iraq continued to go down, vulnerable populations remain stranded in numerous countries and displacement remained high. Movement from Turkey to Greece continued in July at low but dangerous levels.
Summary of Focus Group Discussions in Northern Iraq
Qualitative Round 1 - July 2017
This report summarizes the findings of 10 focus group
discussions conducted with internally displaced persons
(IDPs) and Syrian refugees at six different sites – in camps
and urban settings – in northern Iraq. This is Ground Truth Solutions second
report in a series of data-collection rounds looking at IDP
and refugee perceptions of humanitarian assistance in
northern Iraq under the Mixed Migration Platform (MMP).
By the end of June, the conflict in Mosul was reportedly
drawing to an end. Ongoing fighting, however,
continued to drive displacement within Iraq and also
to Syria, with the number of Iraqis in Al Hol camp
increasing by 21% since the end of May.
May was marked by ongoing conflict in Iraq, flight and continue apprehensions both in Syria and Turkey. The number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries increased, as well as Internal displacement. More than 2,110 people travelled from Turkey to Greece by sea in May. While Syrians and Iraqis comprised the largest percentageof arrivals, diversity continues to increase compared to 2016.
MMP's second animation shows how restrictive migration policies can negatively affect the lives of those forcibly displaced in the Middle East. A real story drawing upon our REACH-led report 'Separated Families: who stays, who goes and why?'