Reasons to Return (Part 2): Determinants of IDP Integration into Host Communities in Iraq
In addition to understanding IDP return, attention must also be paid to the ways in which IDPs are resolving their displacement in relation to the communities they live in now. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the dynamics of IDPs in their places of displacement, potentially on a path to another durable solution: local integration. This study seeks to identify which factors help or hinder local integration, utilizing data on perceptions and living conditions of IDPs displaced for more than three years and data collected from host community residents. Findings indicate that socioeconomic, cultural, and spatial factors at the individual and structural levels matter for integration and acceptance.
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