Global Overview 2015

Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

38 million people

internally displaced worldwide by conflict and violence

All data on IDMC monitoring between January - December 2014

11 million people were newly displaced in 2014

That's 1 person forced to flee every 3 seconds

Jan Egeland

Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

  In my 30 years as a relief worker, I have never seen such figures, such devastation, such suffering  


7.6 million people have been displaced in Syria. This makes it the country with the largest number of IDPs in the world


suffered most new displacement, with at least 2.2 million people fleeing in areas that fell under Islamic State control

90% of all IDPs
in the Middle East and north Africa are living in Syria and Iraq

  In 2006, after the bombing of Al-Askari Shrine in Samarra, we started to get threats.The message was very clear; leave now or be killed  

“Abo Hassan” from Iraq
* Not same person as on image

77% of the world’s internally displaced people live in just 10 countries

Alfredo Zamudio

Director of Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)

  New caseloads join an already massive displaced population who are stuck or blocked from finding ways of ending their displacement  

  We have been in this care centre for almost four years, living in broken tents and with no one helping us  

Pikas Kapi, Bulolo care centre, Bulolo town,
Morobe province Papua New Guinea

People newly displaced per region

Expert analysis
Region by region

  We bury so many babies who die from the cold, I’ve lost count.  

Wali Khan, Kabul informal settlements
Kart-e-Naw NRC Afghanistan

Justin Ginnetti

Senior Advisor, Research Methodologies and Evidence

  Monitoring internal displacement presents several challenges, because it occurs in a dynamic context  

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With thanks to UNHCR