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Syrian Arab Republic: IDP and Spontaneous Returnee Movements - 30 November 2020 [EN/AR/TR]

IDP Movements (November updates)

In November 2020, the humanitarian community tracked some 44,000 IDP movements across Syria, similar to movement numbers tracked in September. As in recent months, most IDP movements were concentrated in northwest Syria, with 89 percent occurring within and between Aleppo and Idleb governorates. At the sub-district level, Dana sub-district in Idleb governorate received the largest number of IDP movements – around 5,000 movements – followed by Bulbul sub-district in Aleppo governorate with some 4,500 IDP movements. A’zaz and Atareb sub-districts in Aleppo governorate and Maaret Tamsrin, Ariha, Idleb and Salqin sub-districts in Idleb governorate each received some 2,000 IDP movements, and more than 1,000 IDP arrivals were recorded in Daret Azza sub-district in Aleppo governorate. At the community level, A’zaz and Bulbul communities in Aleppo governorate received the largest number of displaced people, with around 1,000 movements each in November. Some 800 IDP movements each were received by Deir Hassan-Darhashan and Idleb communities in Idleb governorate and Qorna and Aleppo city in Aleppo governorate, while As-Sweida community in As-Sweida governorate and Shamarin community in Aleppo governorate each received some 700 IDP movements this month. These movements are estimated to mostly be incentivised by access to services and livelihoods, and facilitated by reduced levels of shelling compared to previous months.

IDP Spontaneous Return Movements (November updates)

In November 2020, the humanitarian community recorded some 18,000 spontaneous IDP return movements across Syria. Over 10,000 of these (55 percent) occurred within and between Aleppo and Idleb governorates. This may have been enabled by the lower levels of shelling observed in northwest Syria in November compared to preceding months, facilitating people moving back to their communities of origin in southern Idleb and western Aleppo governorates from which they were previously displaced. At the sub-district level, Jebel Saman sub-district in Aleppo governorate received the highest number of spontaneous return movements in November, with around 1,600 returns, while Ehsem sub-district in Idleb governorate and Bulbul sub-district in Aleppo governorate received some 1,500 and 1,400 spontaneous IDP return movements respectively. More than 1,200 spontaneous IDP return movements each were received by Jisr-Ash-Shugur sub-district in Idleb governorate and Hamra sub-district in Hama governorate over the same period. At the community level, Aleppo city in Aleppo governorate and Hamra town in Hama governorate each received some 1,000 returns – the most return movements recorded in November. Halfaya town in Hama governorate and Atareb town in Aleppo governorate each received around 800 return movements, while Homs town in Homs governorate and Sarmin and Marj Elzohur towns in Idleb governorate each received some 500 return movements. Following closely are Dayr Hafir town in Aleppo governorate and Jisr-Ash-Shugur town in Idleb governorate, which each received some 400 spontaneous IDP return movements this month.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
06 Jan 2021
Map/Infographic Type: 
Displacement Maps
Location(s): 
Syrian Arab Republic
Theme(s): 
Internally Displaced People (IDPs)
Coordination hub(s): 
Gaziantep
Disaster(s)/Emergency: 
Syria: Crisis 2011-2021