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Syrian Arab Republic: IDP and Spontaneous Returnee Movements - 31 March 2021 [EN/AR/TR]

IDP Movements

In March 2021, the humanitarian community tracked some 40,000 IDP movements across Syria, around 28 percent more than the numbers tracked in February. As in preceding months, most IDP movements were concentrated in northwest Syria, with 94 percent occurring within and between Aleppo and Idleb governorates.
At the sub-district level, the Dana sub-district in Idleb governorate received the largest number of displaced people, with around 3,400 movements in March, followed the Maaret Tamsrin in Idleb and Raju sub-districts in Aleppo governorate which received around 3,000 IDP movements each. The Azaz and The Sharan sub-districts in Aleppo governorate also received some 2,300 IDP movements each. The Afrin and Bulbul sub-districts in Aleppo governorate each received around 2,200 movements, while the Ma’btali sub-district in Aleppo governorate received some 1,600 IDP movements.
At the community level, the Sarmada community in Idleb governorate received the largest number of displaced people, with around 1,700 movements, followed by 1,400 IDP movements received by the Shamarin community in Aleppo governorate. Idleb city center and Shekh Bahr community in Idleb governorate received round 800 IDP movements each while Marma Elhajar community in Aleppo governorate and the Ariha community in Idleb governorate each received around 600 IDP movements in March. These movements are estimated to mostly be incentivised by access to services and livelihoods.

IDP Spontaneous Return Movements

In March 2021, the humanitarian community recorded some 23,000 spontaneous IDP return movements across Syria, twice as many as the return movements that were tracked in February. Over 8,000 of these (35 percent) occurred within and between Aleppo and Idleb governorates.
At the sub-district level, the Khan Arnaba sub-district in Quneitra governorate received the highest number of spontaneous return movements in March, with around 8,200 returns, while the Ehsem and Ariha sub-districts in Idleb governorate and the Jebel Saman sub-district in Aleppo governorate received some 2,000, 1,500 and 1,300 spontaneous IDP return movements, respectively. Over the same period, the Tamaanah, Jisr-Ash-Shugur and Sanjar sub-districts in Idleb governorate each received more than 700 spontaneous IDP return movements.
At the community level, the Kom Elwisseh - Marj Barghut community in Quneitra governorate received some 8,000 returns, the highest number of spontaneous return movements in March, while Aleppo city in Aleppo governorate received some 1,200 return movements. The Khan Shaykun, Jisr-Ash-Shugur and Tal Khanzir communities in Idleb governorate each received around 500 return movements, while the Sarja and Kansafra communities in Idleb each received around 400 return movements this month.

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