Emergency Tracking provides data on the number of individuals displaced due to recently emerging crises. Where possible, Emergency Tracking also provides data on the demographics, areas of origin, and vulnerabilities of those displaced due to crises. It is activated on an ad hoc basis to gather, consolidate and disseminate baseline information through daily/weekly updates. Currently, DTM collects information about the number of individuals displaced due to the latest crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic and the drought crisis in Iraq.
Due to the latest crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic, DTM launched an emergency tracking tool on 14 October 2019 to monitor the number of individuals fleeing the conflict and crossing into Iraq. The data is collected daily and reported weekly. It is carried out at the informal border point nearby Sahela and Alwaleed villages in Ninewa where individuals have arrived in Iraq. This information is collected by IOM staff posted at these points to meet with the displaced population. The data on age, gender and location of origin is gathered from heads of households during registration for transportation and is representative of all arrivals on the specified date.
Data is collected through IOM’s Rapid Assessment and Response Teams (RARTs), composed of over 100 staff members deployed across Iraq (20% of enumerators are female). IOM’s RARTs collect data through interviews with key informants utilizing a large, well-established network of over 9,500 key informants that includes community leaders, mukhtars, local authorities and security forces.