April was marked by changing dynamics in the in- ternal displacement situations in both Syria and Iraq. Displacement in Syria’s Al-Raqqa governorate surged, with over 66,000 people displaced during the month due to the intensification of fighting around Tabqqa, close to Al-Raqqa city. In Iraq, heavy fighting continued in west Mosul, inducing large-scale displacement to camps in the north and west of the city.
March 2017 marked six years since the beginning of the war in Syria as well as the first time that the number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries has surpassed 5 million. In addition to those who have fled the country, conflict in March saw some 75,000 people newly internally displaced in Aleppo governorate, with thousands more displaced by fighting in Hama governorate and Dar’a al Balad.
February was marked by the continued displacement of thousands in Iraq and Syria, with the Iraqi Security Forces’ offensive in western Mosul forcing more than 28,000 people to flee their homes in late February.
Throughout January cold temperatures and winter conditions put thousands of refugees and other migrants in the Middle East and Europe at risk. At least five fatalities at Europe’s borders with Turkey were reported due to temperatures as low as -14 degrees Celsius, and snowstorms throughout the region.
A summary of the latest resources on mixed migration in the Middle East
A new Mixed Migration Platform Briefing Paper, released in January, outlines the legal and policy frameworks governing the return of refugees and other migrants from Europe, with a particular focus on Iraqis.