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Today's returning refugees, tomorrow's IDPs

On World Refugee Day, IDMC's senior strategic adviser on conflict Elizabeth Rushing reflects on UNHCR’s annual NGO consultations and gives two recommendations to policymakers working on the global compact on refugees.

20 June 2017 | Blog Post

50 Years of Occupation: Displacement and Dispossession in Palestine

The nature of displacement in Palestine is unique among present day humanitarian crises, and remains directly related to the impact of protracted occupation. Now in its 50th year, the occupation continues to escalate with no end to it in sight. Itay Epshtain, NRC Palestine Policy Advisor, reflects on the role of humanitarians and that of States in efforts to ensure peace, security and the protection of rights in this context.

09 June 2017 | Blog Post

What does development-caused displacement look like in Africa?

While internal displacement caused by conflict and disasters in Africa has been reported fairly constantly in the international media, development-based internal displacement in the continent is yet to gain such prominence. Guest blogger Dr Romola Adeola explores the prevalence of this root cause of internal displacement in Africa and why it has largely gone unnoticed in discussions on humanitarian protection by regional and international agencies.

07 December 2016 | Blog Post

New policy on durable solutions in Sri Lanka: the challenge of implementation

Guest bloggers Laurie Wiseberg and Mirak Raheem discuss the recently approved “National Policy on Durable Solutions for Conflict-affected Displacement” and its implementation.

02 September 2016 | Blog Post

If you don’t measure, you don’t know: the invisible plight of elderly IDPs

The elderly are usually the last to flee from an unfolding conflict or disaster. Once displaced, many are vulnerable to poor health and face greater obstacles to restoring livelihoods and achieving durable solutions.

25 July 2016 | Blog Post

Driving global efforts to reduce internal displacement: thoughts from Istanbul

As the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), Istanbul, 23-24 May 2016, explicitly recognises internal displacement as a “complex political and development challenge”, IDMC highlights the need to address the underlying drivers of displacement and calls for better data collection.

24 May 2016 | Blog Post

The people behind the dams, mines, riverfront ‘development’ projects

In March 2016, IDMC undertook its first research mission to India dedicated to displacement caused by development projects.

29 April 2016 | Blog Post

Nepal: one year after the earthquakes, an end to displacement is still years away

One year after the April and May 2015 earthquakes and aftershocks, there remains a long road ahead to finding sustainable solutions for more than 2.6 million people displaced.

25 April 2016 | Blog Post

Five years on for Fukushima’s IDPs: Life with radiological risk and without a community safety net

Guest blogger Reiko Hasegawa from SciencesPo in Paris shares her expert insights on the ongoing struggles faced by people from the radiation contaminated areas who are still displaced five years following the 2011 disaster in Fukushima, Japan.

11 March 2016 | Blog Post

Dr Chaloka Beyani: "The right to adequate housing allows IDPs to get back their dignity and begin rebuilding shattered lives"

IDMC launched its latest report "Home sweet home: Housing practices and tools that support durable solutions for IDPs" featuring a key note speech from Dr.Chaloka Beyani.

09 April 2015 | Blog Post

Guest blogger Professor Roger Zetter: “For many, internal displacement is the first step on a long and perilous journey of forced migration”

Q&A analysing current and future challenges concerning the protection needs of different groups of displaced people, in particular for IDPs.

01 April 2015 | Blog Post

Guest blogger Elizabeth Ferris describes “the dangers of mainstreaming IDPs into oblivion”

Increasingly, international humanitarians talk about the protection of civilians, vulnerable groups, and affected populations rather than about internally displaced persons (IDPs). What dangers could this pose to IDPs?

29 January 2015 | Blog Post

4 steps the Papua New Guinea government should take to end the displacement of the Manam IDPs

Ten years after the Manam volcano erupted, over 15,000 people remain displaced. The government must provide them with durable solutions.

11 December 2014 | Blog Post

Displaced by disease: 5 displacement patterns emerging from the Ebola epidemic

When a whole town was displaced in Guinea during the Ebola crisis, the link between disease and displacement began to emerge.

20 November 2014 | Blog Post

Why long-term solutions for Malian IDPs hinge on more inclusive peace talks

As Mali is working to establish peace, concerns are being raised regarding the risk of recurring conflict and displacement if a “peace” agreement is brokered without a meaningful involvement from opposition groups and Malian society at large."

14 August 2014 | Blog Post

Q&A: If born in displacement, are you automatically an IDP?

IDMC attempts to unpack the question: are children born to internally displaced people (IDPs) themselves IDPs, and what are the impacts?

27 June 2014 | Blog Post

Central African Republic: can it get any worse?

The current crisis in the Central African Republic has a tremendous impact on internal displaced people as well as on the economy.

30 May 2014 | Blog Post

Challenging the picture of disaster-induced displacement: the evolving reality post-Typhoon Haiyan

Examining displacement post-Haiyan, IDMC challenges the common assumption that when people are displaced by disasters, their situation is temporary.

27 May 2014 | Blog Post

IDMC’s annual flagship report reveals record breaking IDP figures for second year running

IDMC reveals 33.3 million people were internally displaced by conflict in 2013, with a full 63% in just 5 countries.

14 May 2014 | Blog Post

A record 33.3 million displaced by conflict and violence worldwide, with Nigeria in the top 5 countries most affected

IDMC's annual report reveals 12.5 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have been internally displaced by conflict & violence in 2013.

14 May 2014 | Blog Post

Why land and housing rights hold the key for Indonesia’s long-term displaced

The majority of Indonesia's 90,000 IDPs struggle to assert their land and housing rights. Addressing this is key to resolving long-term displacement and preventing forced evictions.

13 May 2014 | Blog Post

Can Azerbaijan solve internal displacement in Europe?

IDMC calls on Azerbaijan to use its upcoming tenure at the Council of Europe to resolve displacement for Europe's 2.3 million IDPs.

26 March 2014 | Blog Post

Can the UN Human Rights Council get Sri Lanka to take its commitments to its citizens seriously?

At the UN Human Rights Council, IDMC asks why recommendations adopted by Sri Lanka on IDPs have yet to be implemented.

25 March 2014 | Blog Post

How can pastoralists become displaced when they lead traditionally mobile lifestyles?

IDMC explains the ‘tipping point’ from which pastoralists fall from voluntary migration into forced displacement

05 March 2014 | Blog Post

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