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Iraq: IDPs caught between a rock and a hard place as displacement crisis deepens

Violence against civilians in Iraq has driven three million people into internal displacement in just eighteen months, with access to safety dramatically restricted by the fragmentation of society.

30 June 2015 | Overview

Libya: State collapse triggers mass displacement

Increased violence and intra-tribal clashes have led to the displacement of 400,000 people inside Libya.

30 March 2015 | Overview

Occupied Palestine: A policy of displacement and dispossession amid renewed conflict

An overview on forced displacement in Palestine; from a protracted issue dating from the beginning of occupation in 1967, to the latest legal implications.

27 October 2014 | Overview

Syria: Forsaken IDPs adrift inside a fragmenting state

Once a stable middle-income country that hosted refugees from all over the region and beyond just four years ago, Syria is now experiencing a displacement and protection crisis of a magnitude the world has not seen for many years.

21 October 2014 | Overview

Yemen: resolving displacement essential for long-term peace and stability

IDMC highlights key protection issues and obstacles to durable solutions for Yemen’s IDPs in the context of the country’s political, humanitarian and socio-economic crises.

18 September 2014 | Overview

Internal displacement continues amid multiple crises

Internal displacement has taken place in the context of an increasing socio-economic crisis made worse by rising commodity prices

17 December 2012 | Overview

A full-scale displacement and humanitarian crisis with no solutions in sight

Much attention is focused on the current crisis in Syria, but the country has a history of displacements dating back to 1967, all of which remain unresolved

31 July 2012 | Overview

IDMC

Syria: State policies and military actions continue to threaten further displacement

Since 2005, internal displacement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories has largely been the result of house demolitions and land confiscation by the government of Israel in connection with the construction of the West Bank Wall.

11 November 2011 | Overview

Many IDPs return but concerns persist for certain displaced groups

The armed conflict in Libya, which has led to the end of the 41-year rule of Muammar Qadhafi, has caused several waves of internal displacement

07 November 2011 | Overview

Response still centred on return despite increasing IDP demands for local integration

While Iraq is moving towards a development phase, new displacement still occurs and a large number of people have unmet needs

10 October 2011 | Overview

IDMC

Yemen: New displacement due to unrest, displacement due to Sa’ada conflict continues

In the wave of civil protests which have swept across the Middle East and North Africa, political instability and increasing violence involving the Yemeni government, protestors, rival tribal militias and militants have led to new waves of displacement in southern, central and northern areas of the country.

03 October 2011 | Overview

No end to internal displacement

Forced displacement has consistently followed Israeli policies intended to acquire land, redefine demographic boundaries and divest Palestinians of ownership guaranteed under international law.

05 July 2011 | Overview

IDMC

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya: Increasing reports of internal displacement

The continuing internal conflict in Libya started on 15 February when rioters in Benghazi demanded the end of the 41-year rule of Muammar Qadhafi. As of 14 April, repeated advances and retreats of both pro-Qadhafi and opposition forces had left cities and villages deserted, with civilians increasingly bearing the brunt of the combat.

21 April 2011 | Overview

IDMC

Political wrangling leaves around 2.8 million displaced Iraqis with no durable solutions in sight

Seven years after the March 2003 US-led invasion, Iraq remains deeply divided. Iraqis have been internally displaced in three periods: either under the former Ba’ath government; from the March 2003 invasion until the February 2006 Samarra bombing; and since then. Today, one in ten Iraqi is still internally displaced, totaling 2.8 million people.

14 December 2010 | Overview

IDMC

IDPs facing international neglect

Following intermittent clashes between Al-Houthi groups and the Yemeni government in July 2009, the situation in Sa’ada governorate escalated into open conflict in the sixth round of hostilities since 2004. Tens of thousands of people were displaced from Sa’ada and Amran governorates, adding to those displaced by previous rounds of fighting. For many, it was their second or third displacement over the last few years.

03 August 2010 | Overview

IDMC

Little new displacement but around 2.8 million Iraqis remain internally displaced

Seven years after the March 2003 US-led invasion, Iraq remains deeply divided. There are few prospects of durable solutions for the approximately 15 per cent of the population who are displaced inside and outside Iraq. It is thought that there are almost 2.8 million internally displaced people (IDPs), close to half of whom were displaced prior to 2003.

04 March 2010 | Overview

IDMC

Gaza offensive adds to scale of displacement Overview

According to the UN, 2009 marked one of the most violent periods experienced by the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza since the occupation began in 1967. The three-week Israeli offensive in Gaza launched in December 2008 cost the lives of over 1,000 Palestinians and led to the displacement of over 100,000 people.

30 December 2009 | Overview

Short-term and protracted displacements following various conflicts

Like other Arabs in Israel, IDPs became Israeli citizens. However, their freedom of movement was severely restricted

30 November 2009 | Overview

IDMC

Difficulties continue for people displaced by successive conflicts

A number of displacement situations have persisted in Lebanon since the 1975-1990 civil war, invasions and an 18-year occupation of southern Lebanon by Israel, a 33-day war in July 2006 between Israel and Hezbollah, the destruction in 2007 of the Nahr el-Bared camp for Palestinian refugees, and localised sectarian violence in 2008.

28 September 2009 | Overview

IDMC

Constrained response to protection needs of IDPs and returnees

Fighting between government forces and followers of the late Sheikh Badr Eddin al-Houth have led to displacement in northern Yemen at regular intervals since 2004, peaking during the latest round of conflict in June and July 2008. Though many returned to their places of origin following the end of hostilities in July 2008, large numbers were unable to return home.

22 July 2009 | Overview

IDMC

Iraq: Challenges of forced displacement

More than 2.8 million people were estimated to have been internally displaced in Iraq as of November 2008. Approximately 1.6 million were thought to have been displaced by sectar-ian and generalised violence since the Al Askari mosque bombing of February 2006, and approximately 190,000 more had been displaced by military operations and generalised violence from 2003 to 2005.

28 December 2008 | Overview

IDMC

Forced displacement continues

Forced displacement has a long history in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), as both a consequence and root cause of the Israeli-Palestinian/Arab conflict over resources and land.

10 September 2008 | Overview

IDMC

Displaced, again

Over 24,000 people, mainly Palestine refugees and a small number of Lebanese remain dis-placed from Nahr el-Bared camp in northern Lebanon following three months of fighting there in 2007 between Fatah al-Islam and the Lebanese army. To date, small numbers of refugees have been able to return to their homes in areas adjacent to the camp also affected by the fighting.

23 July 2008 | Overview

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