Study reveals massive displacement in North and East Syria since 2011

BERLIN — The European Center for Kurdish Studies, supported by the German Foreign Relations Office, has released a comprehensive study on the displacement crisis in North and East Syria. The report highlights the extensive migration triggered by the security conditions prevailing in the country since 2011.

The study covered 13 cities and 880 villages across northeastern Syria, exposing the severe impact of migration on these areas, including notable cities like Zalin (Qamishli), Kobani, and Jindires.

According to the center’s statistics, the total population of these regions was over 1,200,000, with more than 500,000 people (42%) having emigrated.

The detailed demographic breakdown of the villages included 530 Kurdish villages, 278 Arab villages, 36 villages belonging to the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) and Armenian communities, and about 63 mixed villages.

The report further indicated that 38% of the emigrants were Kurdish, 31% were Arab, and 63% were from the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) and Armenian communities.

The study also highlighted a dramatic demographic change in the city of Zalin, which has lost half of its population by 2023.