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

IDP Movements (May updates)

In May 2020, the humanitarian community tracked about 56,000 IDP movements across Syria, which marks a decrease by almost fifty percent from the previous month. The vast majority of the IDP movements were concentrated northwest Syria with 96% occurring within and between Aleppo and Idlib governorates similar to patterns observed in April 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 from southern Idleb and western Aleppo governorates during the hostilities between December 2019 and March 2020 returned to sub-districts near frontlines. At the sub-district level, Atareb and Daret Azza sub-districts in western Aleppo governorate received almost 15 thousand IDP movements while Dana sub-district in Idleb governorate received about 6 thousand IDP movements. This distribution means that more than 20 thousand IDP movements (37% out of total movements) arrived in the same area that extends to these three adjacent sub-districts. Moreover, more than 5 thousand IDP movements arrived in Maaret Tamsrin (3 thousand) and Bennsh (2 thousand) sub-districts in Idleb governorate. At the community level, Abin Samaan and Daret Azza towns in western Aleppo governorate received around 3 thousand IDP movements each while Abzemo, Atareb and Bennsh towns in western Aleppo governorate and Idleb city received around 2 thousand IDP movements each. Afrin town in northern Aleppo governorate, Dana and Qah towns in Idleb governorate received more than 1 thousand IDP movements each. IDP movements in areas other than northwest Syria remained very low.

IDP Spontaneous Return Movements (May updates)

In May 2020, the humanitarian community recorded about 81,000 spontaneous IDP return movements in different locations across Syria, with a slight 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 97%, 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 many people who have been displaced from southern Idleb and western Aleppo governorates during the hostilities between December 2019 and March 2020 returned to their communities of origin. At the sub-district level Ariha and Ehsem sub-districts in Idleb governorate received about 22 thousand and 16 thousand spontaneous IDP return movements respectively while Atareb sub-district in western Aleppo governorate received about 20 thousand spontaneous IDP return movements. Return movements to these three sub-districts make up for the 72% of the overall spontaneous IDP return movements. At the community level, Atareb and Daret Azza towns in western Aleppo governorate received about 10 and 7 thousand spontaneous IDP return movements respectively while Ariha city in Idleb governorate received around 9 thousand spontaneous IDP return movements in May. 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: 
25 Jun 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