About IDMC

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) is the leading source of information and analysis on internal displacement worldwide. Since 1998, our role has been recognised and endorsed by United Nations General Assembly resolutions.

For the millions of people displaced within their own country, IDMC plays a unique role as a global monitor and analyst to inform and influence policy and action by governments, UN agencies, donors, international organisations and NGOs.

IDMC is part of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), an independent, non-governmental humanitarian organisation.

What we do

  • Monitor and analyse internal displacement caused by conflict, generalised violence, human rights violations and natural hazard-induced disasters, in particular:
    • scope and trends of new, evolving and protracted situations of displacement worldwide
    • obstacles to durable solutions to displacement
    • drivers of future displacement risk
    • policy, legal and institutional frameworks for protecting people affected by displacement or at risk of being displaced
  • Provide national authorities, donor governments and decision-makers across the humanitarian and development fields with independent information and analysis
  • Use our evidence, expertise and partnerships to advocate for the protection of people displaced or at risk of displacement

Who we work with

In order to produce independent evidence-based analysis, IDMC works with a range of partners from the local to the global level. This includes governments and authorities, United Nations and inter-governmental organisations, the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, civil society organisations and academic institutions.

What is internal displacement?

Internal displacement is a situation in which “persons or groups of persons […]have been forced or obliged to flee or to leave their homes or places of habitual residence, in particular as a result of or in order to avoid the effects of armed conflict, situations of generalised violence, violations of human rights or natural or human-made disasters, and who have not crossed an internationally recognised state border” (Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, United Nations, 1998, E/CN.4/1998/53/Add.2).