The Integrated Location Assessment – Round III completed from 6 March to 6 May 2018, provides an in-depth look into both displacement and return movements in Iraq, putting a special focus on profiling the locations these groups live in and the social dynamics they are immersed in. This includes the demographics of the displaced and returnee populations, their current conditions, movement intentions, vulnerabilities, sectorial needs and the state of social cohesion in the locations they currently live in.

The Integrated Location Assessment collects detailed information on IDP and returnee families living in locations out of camps identified through the DTM Master Lists Round 90 (Feb 2018). The unit of reference of this assessment is the location, and information is collected at aggregate level, on the majority of IDPs and returnees living in a given location, and not on individual families. Where access is possible, identified locations hosting IDPs and/or returnees are visited and directly assessed by the IOM Rapid Assessment and Response Teams (RARTs), who fill in a close-ended questionnaire with information collected through multiple interviews with several key informants (including members of the IDP and returnee communities) and through direct observation. At the end of the key informant interviews, RARTs fill one form with the summary of the information collected, and the data is then uploaded to the server and stored as one assessment.

The Integrated Location Assessment III covered 4,177 locations hosting at least one or more IDP and/or returnee families, reaching 597,535 returnee families in 1,244 locations, and 248,632 IDP families in 3,289 locations.

Geographic reference
The geographic unit of reference in the Integrated Location Assessment is the “location”. A location is defined as an area that corresponds either to a sub-district (i.e. fourth official administrative division), a village for rural areas or a neighbourhood for urban areas (i.e. fifth official administrative division).
Location boundaries are determined on the basis of key informants and RART team knowledge and evaluation. The list of locations is, as much as possible, harmonized and verified with authorities and the humanitarian community. However, an official or countrywide accepted list of locations and their boundaries has not yet been endorsed.

The Integrated Location Assessment Coverage chart showing Identified Locations series, Assessed Locations series.

The dataset available for download break downs the total number of locations identified and assessed by type of population.


Visited with Zero Families 
IDPs Visited & Assessed 
Returnees Visited & Assessed 
IDPs & Returnees Visited & Assessed 
Identified Locations 
IDPs Identified Locations 
Returnees Identified Locations 
IDPs & Returnees Identified Locations 
Inaccessible Locations 
Babylon29250242  293293  1
Basrah2362234  236236   
Dahuk133 1331113313311 
Erbil176215519 17615719  
Kerbala21939180  219219   
Missan88286  8888   
Muthanna672146  6767   
Najaf1242599  124124   
Qadissiya16422142  164164   
Salah al-Din24010166162982551791739715
Sulaymaniyah45916443  459459   
Thi-Qar82379  8282   
Wassit1328124  132132   

Information published online refers to assessment conducted from March-May, 2018

Dashboard 1
The interactive dashboard below shows all assessed locations through the integrated location assessment across Iraq. Locations can be filtered by a governorate, district, or sub district. A Location can be searched by name as well. The full assessment of a selected location can be viewed in a printable format using “Click to view location assessment” in the grid at the bottom.

Dashboard 2
The interactive dashboard below shows a sample of main indicators concern IDP families and locations of displacement collected through the integrated location assessment. The displayed information is aggregated at governorate or district level.

Dashboard 3
The interactive dashboard below shows a sample of main indicators concern returnee families and locations of return collected through the integrated location assessment. The displayed information is aggregated at governorate or district level.

Information published online refers to assessment conducted from March-May, 2018

  • To download the Integrated Location Assessment dataset, please click here.
  • To download the Integrated Location Assessment questionnaire, please click here.

Information published online refers to assessment conducted from March-May, 2018

Identification of Protection Concerns for the IDPs and Returnees in Iraq

In keeping with humanitarian principles, Sphere standards, the centrality of protection, and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Guidelines and the Minimum Standards for Child Protection, IOM is committed to ensuring that the particular needs of all migrant women, girls, men and boys, are identified and addressed by mainstreaming GBV prevention and risk mitigation measures.

As stated in these instruments, protection of all persons affected and at risk must inform humanitarian decision-making and response, which entails identifying risks, and how and why these risks affect displaced populations, at the very outset of a crisis and thereafter, taking into account the specific vulnerabilities that underlie these risks, including those experienced by men, women, girls and boys.

As part of a global initiative supported by several donors, IOM has enhanced the type of data collected by the DTM to include protection indicators in order to provide a more holistic picture of displacement and its consequences on the affected population. DTM Iraq, with support from SIDA and PRM, has engaged with protection actors to redesign data collection tools to include specific indicators informing GBV and protection risks, in particular, in relation to site layout and infrastructure, security, priority legal needs, protection issues, child protection concerns, women’s knowledge about the availability of GBV services in camps and camp-like settings and their active participation in the provision of such services.

By incorporating these indicators, the DTM tools allow for the identification of protection issues, thereby ensuring that humanitarian actors are well informed of the vulnerabilities and most pressing protection needs of the displaced populations in Iraq.

Data from the Integrated Location Assessment that is not sensitive can be found on the general page. This portal page is specifically for actors within the Protection Cluster, and the GBV and Child Protection Sub-Clusters with whom data sharing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been established. Due to the sensitivity of the information (e.g. child protection needs, early marriage indication, and counter-trafficking indicators for IDPs or Returnees), its circulation is specific for a set of actors. It should be noted, however, that despite the information being sensitive, the DTM Iraq does not identify individual information. As this data is collected at the location level, it only serves as a flagging mechanism for protection actors to follow up with more detailed assessments to further validate and better specify the scope and dynamics of the protection concerns identified.

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Information published online refers to the Integrated Location Assessment (ILA) - III assessment conducted from March to May, 2018

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Information published online refers to assessment conducted from March to May, 2018.

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