Peru IDP Figures Analysis

As of December 2014 IDMC estimates that there were up to 150,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Peru.


This figure is based on the last available official government figure from 2007, but according to recent data from the national registry for IDPs, the current number could be as high as 230,000. The registry does not distinguish between IDPs and those who have achieved a durable solution.

The internal armed conflict, that took place between 1980s and 2000s,  opposed the armed forces and allied self-defence groups to the Sendero Luminoso, or Shining Path, and the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA). As a result, at least 500,000 people were displaced, according to the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

This figure does not include disaster-induced displacement which accounted for at least 27,800 IDPs as of December 2013. They were displaced because of floods, storm and an earthquake.

IDMC uses only the most credible accurate information available. Notwithstanding the caveats and limitations of the source information described above, IDMC believes this to be the best data and is grateful to the partners for sharing it.