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Syrian Arab Republic: IDP and Spontaneous Returnee Movements - 31 December 2020 [EN/AR/TR]

IDP Movements (December updates)

In December 2020, the humanitarian community tracked some 43,000 IDP movements across Syria, similar to numbers tracked in November. As in preceding months, most IDP movements were concentrated in northwest Syria, with 92 percent occurring within and between Aleppo and Idleb governorates. At the sub-district level, Dana in Idleb governorate and Ghandorah, Bulbul and Sharan in Aleppo governorate each received around 2,800 IDP movements in December. Afrin sub-district in Aleppo governorate received around 2,700 movements while Maaret Tamsrin sub-district in Idleb governorate and Raju sub-district in Aleppo governorate each received some 2,500 IDP movements. At the community level, Tal Aghbar - Tal Elagher community in Aleppo governorate received the largest number of displaced people, with around 2,000 movements in December, followed by some 1,000 IDP movements received by Afrin community in Aleppo governorate. Around 800 IDP movements were received by Sheikh Bahr community in Aleppo governorate and Ar-Raqqa city in Ar-Raqqa governorate, and Lattakia city in Lattakia governorate, Koknaya community in Idleb governorate and Azaz community in Aleppo governorate each received some 600 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 preceding months.

IDP Spontaneous Return Movements (December updates)

In December 2020, the humanitarian community recorded some 13,400 spontaneous IDP return movements across Syria. Over 7,000 of these (54 percent) occurred within and between Aleppo and Idleb governorates. At the sub-district level, Jebel Saman in Aleppo governorate received the highest number of spontaneous return movements in December, with around 2,200 returns, while Khan Shaykun in Idleb governorate and Ar-Raqqa in Ar-Raqqa governorate respectively received some 1,200 and 1,100 spontaneous IDP return movements. More than 700 spontaneous IDP return movements were received by Al-Thawrah sub-district in Ar-Raqqa governorate over the same period. At the community level, Aleppo city in Aleppo governorate received the most return movements in December, recording around 2,100 returns. Khan Shaykun community in Idleb governorate and Ar-Raqqa city in Ar-Raqqa governorate respectively received some 1,200 and 1,100 spontaneous IDP return movements.  Al-Thawrah town in Ar-Raqqa governorate received some 700 return movements, while Homs town in Homs governorate received some 500 return movements.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
27 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