Algeria IDP Figures Analysis

As of April 2014, there was no reasonably indicative data available on internal displacement in Algeria. IDMC therefore does not give an estimate. This does not reflect a conclusion that internal displacement no longer exists, but rather the paucity of the data available.


According to media reports, an estimated 1.5 million people were internally displaced during the course of Algeria’s 1990-2000 civil war, as reported by l’Expression newspaper on 18 November 2002. Since the end of the conflict, there have been no assessments of the number of IDPs or their situation.

The last available source on internal displacement dates from 2004 and was reported by the NGO Algeria Watch. Algeria Watch quotes official government sources stating that 700,000 of the country’s 1.5 million IDPs had returned as of 2004.

International organisations and Algerian authorities have published contradicting information on the number of internally displaced. Furthermore, existing reports do not always differentiate between IDPs and those who have migrated for primarily economic reasons.

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.