Reframing Social Fragility in Areas of Protracted Displacement and Emerging Return in Iraq
The nature of Iraq’s current conflict has the potential to further exacerbate existing social divisions and incite new ones, perpetuating localized fragility which in turn weakens social cohesion. This research, carried out in conjunction with the International Organization for Migration’s Community Revitalization Programme and Social Inquiry, provides an evidence-based analysis of social fragility at the micro-level in areas of protracted displacement and emerging returns in Iraq. For this research, several factors are taken into account to understand social fragility and cohesion in terms of relationships within and between groups and between groups and the state. As a result, common themes emerged across communities and population groups across Iraq that served as a basis for strategic recommendations to place social cohesion at the heart of policy and programmatic intervention.
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