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Lives across the frontline: internal displacement in a divided Ukraine

In the absence of any progress in the peace process, Ukraine is facing the challenge of protracted internal displacement. IDMC’s director, Alexandra Bilak and researcher & writer, Elizabeth Rushing, report on their findings from discussions in September 2017 with displacement-affected communities living along the conflict’s contact line.

18 October 2017 | Blog Post

Syrians at the berm: surviving in nightmarish conditions and with an uncertain status

Tens of thousands of Syrians are stuck in no man’s land in between Jordan and Syria and their situation is far beyond desperate. They live, or rather survive, in the berm, a strip of land between two man-made barriers of sand, a rocky desert with no vegetation, no water and one of the harshest climates on earth. Only a few outsiders have ever had the chance to visit it.

04 October 2017 | Blog Post

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

A New Year resolution: making 2017 a year for IDPs

Despite the obvious link between internal displacement and refugee flows, policymakers tend to focus mainly on refugees while internally displaced people (IDPs) remain largely neglected. Guest blogger Ledio Cakaj shares his first-hand experience as a refugee and as a researcher and explains why it is crucial to make sure the plight of IDPs is at the top of the global policy agenda.

26 January 2017 | Blog Post

Making the invisible visible – and empowered

To mark International Migrants Day on 18 December, Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, the new Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), talks about her new role and highlights the need of a synchronised approach towards migrants, refugees and IDPs in order to assure effective and relevant policies as well as appropriate levels and allocation of funding.

16 December 2016 | 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

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

Ignoring the roots of Europe’s refugee influx

The current refugee influx in Europe is, in part, a symptom of the failure to protect and assist internally displaced people in their own country. The United Nations is missing an important opportunity in September to address displacement holistically.

04 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

IDPs’ family cohesion at stake in eastern DRC

Analysts for Central Africa had the opportunity to gather data on internally displaced people who have suffered repeated displacement and to hear about how displacement affects young people’s family lives.

20 November 2015 | Blog Post

As the conflict marches on in Yemen, its displaced citizens are close to a tipping point

The conflict in Yemen is reaching dire proportions with no clear end in sight. Here, IDMC analyses the challenges faced by over 1 million IDPs struggling to survive in a country wracked by turmoil.

24 July 2015 | Blog Post

The power of solidarity in displacement

Analysts for Central Africa had the opportunity to gather data on internally displaced people who have suffered repeated displacement and to hear firsthand their stories of survival.

30 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

Nigerian IDPs at risk of going unheard in upcoming elections

As Nigerians prepare to vote in the presidential election on Saturday, there are concerns that over 1.2 million displaced people will be unable to access polling stations.

26 March 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

IDMC at Chatham House: Nigeria’s 2015 elections, Boko Haram and Security

With the Nigerian presidential and parliamentary elections due in February 2015, there are fears the violence that accompanied the polls three years ago will reoccur.

11 December 2014 | Blog Post

IDMC shares concerns and recommendations on situation of IDPs in South Sudan at Human Rights Council

IDMC Analyst gave a statement to the UN Human Rights Council on the situation of internally displaced people (IDPs) in South Sudan

02 October 2014 | Blog Post

IDMC and Refugees International share concerns and recommendations at the UPR outcome of DRC

IDMC Analyst gave a joint statement to the UN Human Rights Council on the situation of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

18 September 2014 | Blog Post

Why is aid not working? A fresh approach to displacement in the DRC

A new approach to assistance in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo is needed. This is how our project on resilience and multiple displacement will contribute to this.

19 August 2014 | Blog Post

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“Where can I find safety?” - IDMC analyst provides the latest on displacement in Gaza

There are today over 240,000 IDPs trapped inside of the Gaza Strip. Watch IDMC’s latest statement at the emergency session of the UN Human Rights Council last week.

30 July 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

Can Mindanao’s new peace agreement help end displacement?

The Philippines and rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a peace deal that may have dividends for IDPs in Mindanao.

02 April 2014 | Blog Post

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