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Global Report on Internal Displacement 2018

This year’s Global Report on Internal Displacement explores why so many countries still struggle despite 20 years of international, regional and national policy efforts and investments.

In 2017, there were 30.6 million new internal displacements associated with conflict and disasters across 143 countries and territories. This means that an average of 80,000 people were displaced every day over the course of last year. It is time for an honest conversation, led by affected countries and with support from the international community, on the most effective ways to turn the tide on internal displacement

Global Report on Internal Displacement 2018

Global Report on Internal Displacement

Since the publication of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement in 1998, programmes and policies to protect and assist IDPs have not been sufficient to cope with, much less reduce, the growing number of new displacements or the cumulative number of IDPs over time. A new approach is essential.

Beyond the need to improve humanitarian responses to these crises, more investments must be made at the national and international levels in sustainable development, peacebuilding, addressing the impacts of climate change and disaster risk reduction.

Failure to address long-term displacement has the potential to undermine the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and progress on other international agreements. 


In 2016, we decided to synthesize all of our reporting on global internal displacement into one single publication, the 2016 Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID 2016)

Until 2016, we used to publish two reports per year: the Global Estimates, with figures and analysis on people internally displaced by disasters, and the Global Overview, with figures and analysis on people displaced by conflict and violence.