Under Islamic State occupation from 2014 to 2017, Iraq is now managing the gradual return of displaced people, many of whom represent a variety of religious and ethnic minorities. Balancing mass resettlement with the protection of religious freedoms is critical and will require a concerted effort by the Iraqi government, civil society and the international community.

To better understand the challenges of reintegration, the International Republican Institute (IRI) conducted a qualitative study in the Iraqi province of Ninewa that reveals the perspectives of citizens who experienced Islamic State occupation, returnees to Ninewa and those who remain displaced.


This research presents the results of 14 focus group discussions (FGDs) with 142 participants and in-depth interviews with three government representatives.  The research was conducted in the cities of Mosul and Hamdaniya. The results do not necessarily reflect the opinions of all returnees.

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