Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Public Administration and Policy

First Advisor

Kamiar Alaei


Although forced displacement is not a new problem, the topic has gained increasing attention due to the Syrian refugee crisis. This paper serves to explore the legal, contextual and practical differences between internally and externally displaced populations. The correlation between legal displacement status and access to healthcare is explored. Information was gathered from surveys of displaced individuals residing in urban areas of the Duhok region of Iraq, as well as comparing the amount of services provided to displacement camps in the region. It is found that there is a statistically significant difference in health services accessed by internally displaced and externally displaced individuals in the Duhok Governorate of Iraq.