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Syrian Arab republic: IDP and Returnee Movements (February - 2019) / (EN - AR)

IDP Movements

During the month of February 2019, the humanitarian community tracked 95,757 IDPs displacements across Syria. The largest IDPs movements of 44,474 was reportedly arrived to locations in Idleb governorate. The great majority (31,577 IDPs movements) was displaced from locations within Idleb governorate.  These displacements were mainly due to the intensified shelling, airstrikes and fighting between the GoS forces and the NSAGs along the Demilitarized Zone in east Idleb and northern Hama countryside. Exchange of fire and the GoS forces shelling to west Aleppo countryside caused displacement of about 6,055 IDPs within Aleppo Governorate. In total, 17,356 IDPs arrived to locations in Aleppo governorate of which majority to Afrin and northern Aleppo. About 18,157 IDPs movements was reported from Hama to locations in Idleb and Aleppo governorates dues to intensified shellings and airstrikes. The active fighting between SDF backed by US led coalition against ISIL groups in the Al Baghouz pocket resulted displacement of about 29,414 IDPs from Deir-ez-Zor to Al-Hasakeh governorate.

Return Movements

During the month of February, the humanitarian community has tracked 54,899 spontaneous IDP returnees in several areas across Syria. The largest number was to Deir-ez-Zor governorate where about 17,117 IDPs returned to their original communities mainly from the locations within the governorate and from Damascus and Al-Hasakeh. 13,301 IDPs returned to their communities in Dar’a  governorate due to a relatively calmer situation after the GoS gained control. 9,570 IDPs returned to Homs governorate of which majority are from unknown locations.  In Rural Damascus, 6,874 IDPs returned to their original communities mainly from the locations within the governorate. Estimated 3,725 IDPs returned to Quneitra governorate mainly from Rural Damascus and locations within Quneitra governorate. 1,046 IDPs returned to their communities in Idleb governorate and 984 IDPs to locations in Hama governorate. 
- The returns refer to IDP spontaneous returns and does not necessarily follow the global definitions of ‘Returnees’ or  durable solutions for IDPs.
- The IDP spontaneous returns includes IDPs returning to their homes or communities of origin.
- The IDP spontaneous returns referred in this monthly report refers to the return movements occurred in the reported period only.
- The process of verification is based on triangulation of verified IDP spontaneous returns reported by different mechanisms and further examined by the IDP TF through cross-checking population numbers from pervious years.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
28 Feb 2019
Map/Infographic Type: 
Displacement Maps
Internally Displaced People (IDPs)
Coordination hub(s): 
Syria: Crisis 2011-2020