A significant influx of displaced people from Tikrit have arrived in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region, from where they have been subsequently settled in Soran, north of Erbil Province.
Immigration Director of Soran Abas Amir told BasNews that after liberating areas around Sinjar, Kobani and other towns and cities, many refugees and displaced people who were living in Kurdistan Region have returned home.
“However after the military operation to free Tikrit, a large number of displaced people have moved to the Kurdistan Region,” he said.
The directorate includes Soran, Mergasor, Rawanduz and Choman towns.
Since the beginning of the war against Islamic State (IS), more than 2,750 displaced families (about 15,000 people) have moved to Soran and Rawanduz predominantly.
Amir says that the number arriving from Tikrit is increasing daily.