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

IDP Movements (July updates)

In July 2020, the humanitarian community tracked about 58,600 IDP movements across Syria, which is almost the same number of displacements with 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 previous months.
At the sub-district level, Atareb sub-district in Aleppo governorate and Dana sub-district in Idleb governorate received around eight and six thousand IDP movements respectively while Ariha and Maaret Tamsrin sub-districts in Idleb governorate and Afrin and Jarablus sub-districts in Aleppo governorate received more than three thousand IDP movements. Moreover, more than five thousand IDP movements were recorded to have arrived in A’zaz (three thousand) and Bulbul (two thousand) sub-districts in Aleppo governorate.
At the community level, Ariha town in Idleb governorate, Afrin town in Aleppo received around two thousand IDP movements each while Sarmada town in Idleb and Atareb, Zoghra and Abin Samaan towns in Aleppo governorates received more than one thousand IDP movements each. Given the humanitarian situation on the ground, it is estimated that these movements are predominantly associated with the desire to access services and livelihoods opportunities and were not in general in relation to conflict.

IDP Spontaneous Return Movements (July updates)

In July 2020, the humanitarian community recorded about 32,000 spontaneous IDP return movements in different locations across Syria, marking about a seventy percent decrease in comparison to the previous month. than 25 thousand of these return movements, amounting to 79 percent, 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 due to hostilities earlier in 2020 returned to their communities of origin along the frontlines, albeit at a much lower rate compared to the previous month.
At the sub-district level, Ariha sub-district in southern Idleb governorate received the highest number of spontaneous return movements with around nine thousand returns while Ehsem sub-district also in southern Idleb governorate received about four thousand spontaneous IDP return movements in July. Moreover, Atareb sub-district in western Aleppo governorate as well as Mhambal and Idleb sub-districts in Idleb governorate received about two thousand spontaneous IDP return movements each.
At the community level, Ariha town in southern Idleb governorate received the largest amount of return movements with around five thousand returns. Aleppo city and Nayrab town in Idleb governorate received about two thousand spontaneous IDP return movements each. 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: 
10 Sep 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