Refugee Census in Erbil

According to data collected in October by the Chaldean Diocese of Erbil, there are more than 10,000 Christian families who have found refuge in the suburbs of Erbil and other parts of Iraqi Kurdistan after fleeing Mosul and the cities of the Nineveh Plain before the advance of Islamic State militants. The local church wishes to use the refugee census to create a database to monitor and update the distribution of family units in the different areas and calibrate the distribution of aid. According to the data gathered so far (online at, more than 6,300 of the 10,353 households surveyed come from the area of Qaraqosh, while 1,154 families previously lived in Mosul. The majority of the displaced—7,850 families—have found refuge in Ankawa, a predominantly Christian suburb of Erbil.

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