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

IDP Movements (June updates)

In June 2020, the humanitarian community tracked about 59,000 IDP movements across Syria, which marks a six percent increase from the previous month. The vast majority of the IDP movements were concentrated in northwest Syria with 91% occurring within and between Aleppo and Idlib governorates similar to patterns observed in April and May 2020. The relative calm observed in the Idleb area since early March was likely the driver behind these movements as many IDPs who have been displaced once again from southern Idleb and western Aleppo governorates during the hostilities between December 2019 and February 2020 continued to return to their previous communities of displacement in these governorates. Additionally, some IDP families moved from areas close to the frontlines such as the Ariha sub-district in Idleb governorate
At the sub-district level, Dana sub-district in Idleb governorate and Atareb sub-district in Aleppo governorate received around 8 and 7 thousand IDP movements respectively while Maaret Tamsrin sub-district in Idleb governorate received about 6 thousand IDP movements. This distribution means that more than 20 thousand IDP movements (34% out of total movements) arrived in the same area that comprises these three adjacent sub-districts. Moreover, more than 5 thousand IDP movements arrived in Idleb (3 thousand) and Ariha (2 thousand) sub-districts in Idleb governorate. At the community level, Atma, Idleb, Dana and Deir Hassan towns in Idleb governorate, Atareb town in Aleppo received around 1 thousand IDP movements each while Ariha, Zardana Mashehad and Abzemo towns in Idleb and Aleppo governorates received around 800 IDP movements each. IDP movements in areas other than northwest Syria remained very low.

IDP Spontaneous Return Movements (June updates)

In June 2020, the humanitarian community recorded about 43,000 spontaneous IDP return movements in different locations across Syria, with almost fifty percent decrease compared to the previous month. During this month, most of the IDP return movements were concentrated in Aleppo and Idleb governorates in northwest Syria. More than 78 thousand of these return movements, amounting to 81%, occurred within and between Aleppo and Idlib governorates. The relative calm observed in the Idleb area since early March was likely the driver behind these movements as people who have been displaced from southern Idleb and western Aleppo governorates during the hostilities between December 2019 and February 2020 returned to their communities of origin, albeit at a lower rate compared to the previous month. At the sub-district level, Ariha subdistrict in Idleb governorate and Atareb sub-district in western Aleppo governorate received about 10 thousand and 8 thousand spontaneous IDP return movements respectively while Ehsem sub-district in southern Idleb governorate received about 6 thousand spontaneous IDP return movements. Return movements to these three sub-districts make up for the 56% of the overall spontaneous IDP return movements. At the community level, Abzemo town in western Aleppo governorate and Ariha town in southern Idleb governorate received about 4 and 3 thousand spontaneous IDP return movements respectively while Aleppo city and Ehsem city in Idleb governorate received around 2 thousand spontaneous IDP return movements in June. Spontaneous IDP return movements in areas other than northwest Syria remained very low.
Notes:
- The returns refer to IDP spontaneous returns and do not necessarily follow the global definitions of ‘Returnees’ or durable solutions for IDPs.
- The IDP spontaneous returns include IDPs returning to their homes or communities of origin.
- The IDP spontaneous returns term used 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 previous years.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
23 Jul 2020
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 2011-2020