Forced displacement in Colombia is primarily a way to seize agricultural land from peasants and small farmers, and only to a lesser degree the unintended consequence of fighting between warring parties. Much of the violence is deliberately aimed at civilians to dislodge them from their homes and lands. It is a struggle that has been going on for centuries, but now involves national and international commercial interests, part of an internal war pitting the government and paramilitary forces against two guerrilla groups and a related war on drugs.
30 June 2006 | Country Profile
IDMC provides recommendations to Colombia's ongoing problem of forced displacement as a means to seize land from peasants and small farmers.
01 June 2006 | Publication