Geographical Deportation of Migration Phenomenon in Iraq after 2003


  • Lect. Dr. Hossam Sabbar Hadi University of Dhi Qar/ College of Arts
  • Prof. Dr. Adnan Inad Ghayyad Al-Uqaili Basra University-College of Arts



external migration, internal migration, displacement, forced displacement, net migration, migration effectiveness.


The study aims to monitor the volume of internal and external population movements in Iraq during the period (2003 - 2020), and try to identify the waves of displacement and forced displacement of the population and the extent of their temporal and spatial variation between governorates, and to identify the reasons behind them, and their effects, at the internal and external levels.

The data issued by the Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displacement was relied upon using a number of statistical methods that are among the basic components of geographical work, including the Pearson simple correlation coefficient and the Student coefficient, in addition to employing many other mathematical standards and indicators.

The outcome of the final study showed that the volume of outgoing immigration exceeded the incoming immigration during the studied period, as the number of immigrants outside the country reached about (2,252,218) immigrants, by (453,806) families, while the number of arrivals for the same period did not exceed (750,439) immigrants, by (139,204) families. In other words, the total net external migration amounted to (-1,501,779) immigrants, and about (-314,602) families, i.e. approximately (69.4%) of the immigrant families preferred to integrate with the receiving societies.

On the other side, the results of internal migration revealed a large wave of displacement and migration during the same period, which was described as the worst in the contemporary history of Iraq, where the number of internally displaced persons and migrants reached (7,611,780) migrants, which constitutes (18.9%) of the country’s total population in 2020.


قائمة المصادر:

First: books and periodicals

Ismail, Khaled and others, The Great Displacement - The Crisis of the Displaced in Iraq after the ISIS War, 1st Edition, Biladi Center for Strategic Studies and Research, Baghdad, 2016.

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The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Bulletin of Humanitarian Affairs in Iraq, September/2005.

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Republic of Iraq, Ministry of Migration and Displacement, Information and Research Department, Statistics Department and Data Bank, unpublished data 2020.

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Republic of Iraq, Ministry of Migration and Displacement, Branch Affairs Department, Governorate Departments (Northern, Central, Southern, Middle Euphrates and Kurdistan Region Governorates), Department of Return and Integration Affairs, unpublished data 2020.

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How to Cite

Hossam Sabbar Hadi, L. D. ., & Adnan Inad Ghayyad Al-Uqaili , P. D. (2022). Geographical Deportation of Migration Phenomenon in Iraq after 2003. Lark, 14(1), 933-877.