"The causes, perspective and tendencies of African migration towards Europe" workshop

27 April 2017

On 27 April, IDMC will be in Budapest for an international workshop entitled “The causes, perspective and tendencies of African migration towards Europe”. During the workshop, organized by the Hungarian Migration Research Institute, IDMC’s Senior Strategic Advisor on Conflict, Elizabeth Rushing, will give a presentation entitled “Internal displacement in Africa: root causes and onward journeys within and across borders”.

International Network on Displacement and Resettlement (INDR)

29-31 March 2017 

IDMC’s Senior Strategic Advisor on Development, Nadine Walicki, will be in Santa Fe at the annual meeting of the International Network on  Displacement and Resettlement from 29 to 31 May. The meeting’s programme has interlinked sessions starring Susanna Price, Michael Cernea, Ted Downing and many new and young researchers working in the field of displacement and resettlement. 

Nadine will be giving a presentation entitled "Mapping Internal Displacement: Towards a Global Picture of the Scale and Impacts of Development-Caused Displacement" as part of the Thursday's session which will be focusing on improving and challenging current paradigms of displacement and resettlement.

The full programme is available here: http://indr.org/



2017 Camden Conference “Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis”

17-19 February 2017

IDMC's Director Alexandra Bilak was one of the speakers of the 2017 Camden Conference "Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity's Crisis", her presentation entitled "At the heart of the problem: global scale and patterns of internal displacement" is available here below.

The 2017 Camden Conference featured lively discussions with speakers chosen for their firsthand knowledge and strong views on migrant and refugee issues. They explored the varied causes of the current international crisis and the unique challenges that come with accepting immigrants from particular countries, regions, and demographic groups. Speakers also examined the political, economic and social consequences of population flight for the countries they have abandoned in the Middle East, Africa and Central America. Going beyond the present crisis, conference speakers examined the factors that will likely drive migration in the coming decades—from dramatic demographic shifts to climate change, natural disasters, and ethnic, territorial, and political conflicts. 



 IAIA Special Symposium on Resettlement and Livelihoods

20 – 22 February 2017


IDMC’s Senior Strategic Advisor on Development, Nadine Walicki, will be in Manila at the IAIA Special Symposium on Resettlement and Livelihoods giving a presentation entitled “A global picture of development displacement” as part of the symposium’s plenary session on Wednesday 22 February.

Every year, millions of rural people are displaced in Asia due to the development of dams, infrastructure, mining, agriculture and forestry. Governments are also displacing large communities of urban dwellers to make way for the development of mega-cities and to mitigate disaster risk. There is much evidence that many of the people displaced by large projects experience reduced wellbeing and impoverishment.

Symposium participants will discuss key learnings about resettlement and livelihoods in urban and rural resettlement projects in Asia. The symposium aims to engage resettlement practitioners in Asia to explore an interest in creating a sustained virtual network that will exist beyond the symposium, thus allowing for a longer-term dialogue on resettlement and livelihoods issues, contributing to on-going capacity building in the region.

The full programme is available here: http://conferences.iaia.org/manila-2017/pdf/ManilaFinalProgram.pdf

Live online conference: Climate Change, Disasters and Human Mobility

Thursday, 24 November, 12.30 - 13.30 CET

IDMC's Head of Data & Analysis Justin Ginnetti will join a a panel to talk about climate change, disasters and human mobility. Every year, millions of people are forced to leave their homes because of floods, tropical storms, droughts, glacier melting, earthquakes and other natural hazards. Due to changes in the environment, more and more people will migrate in coming years, in particular within and between developing countries. The presentation draws from two projects “Migration, environment and climate change: Evidence for policy” (MECLEP) and “Climate change and displacement: Building an evidence base and equipping States with tools and guidance for action”.

More info about the conference here: https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/news-and-events/infopoint-lunchtime-conference-climate-change-disasters-and-human-mobility_en

For the web-streaming please go to the following link:


IDMC and the OSCE, in Vienna

Special Human Dimension Committee Meeting on the Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of IDPs and Refugees, 15 September 2016

Conflicts and other phenomena across the OSCE region have resulted in the displacement of vast amounts of people from their places of residence. According to the UNHCR by the end of 2015 there were 4,8 million refugees and 2,8 million IDPs within the OSCE area. Their basic human rights and fundamental freedoms are often violated. Following the request of several participating States to tackle the issue of refugees and IDPs in the framework of the OSCE Human Dimension, the German Chairmanship of the OSCE and the Finnish Chair of the Human Dimension Committee have decided to hold a Special Human Dimension Committee Meeting on this important topic in Vienna on 15 September 2016.

The meeting will draw from the knowledge of expert speakers and representatives of participating States, as well as relevant OSCE structures and institutions and the civil society. 

IDMC's Director Alexandra Bilak will be presenting at the opening session at 10AM.

Read her talking points here.



From 27 to 29 July NRC/IDMC will take part in a technical meeting on migration, displacement and human mobility in Casablanca, Morocco. The event, organized by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), will bring together members of the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), national and regional experts, representatives from international and United Nations organizations as well as the academic community to "Enhance the understanding of and expertise on how the impacts of climate change are affecting patterns of migration, displacement and human mobility; and the application of such understanding and expertise".

The meeting came out of discussions at the second meeting of the ExCom that took place in Bonn in May 2016, where the work on establishing a Task Force on Displacement was initiated. IDMC submitted this joint submission with partner members of the Advisory Group on Human Mobility and Climate Change ahead of those meetings, and delivered this statement on behalf of the Advisory Group at an ExCom side event on the topic of non-economic losses.

On 18 May, IDMC’s latest research and evidence was presented to over 55 delegates to the Bonn conference by our Senior Strategic Advisor, Michelle Yonetani at a side event, alongside other members of the Advisory Group. The event was reported on by the UNFCCC newsroom: “New Data Brings New Answers on Climate Migration, Experts Set Out Latest Advances in Bonn”.


IDMC will be at ECOSOC for two side events on 27 and 28 June 2016:

  • The humanitarian data landscape: from local to global use and impact (more information below)
  • Addressing protracted internal displacement: a multi-faceted challenge.


ECOSOC Side event 27 June 2016






Event 21062016 Human Rights of IDPs


 The event's concept note is available here


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