Displacement figures in Ukraine fail to reflect a complex reality

Gaps in Ukraine's IDP registration system mean that the scale and dynamics of displacement are not fully understood and some IDPs in need are unable to access government assistance.

03 September 2015 | Briefing Paper

Forgotten displacement: why it’s time to address the needs of West Timor’s protracted IDPs

After 15 years in displacement, an estimated 22,000 IDPs in West Timor, Indonesia are at risk of being forgotten and urgently need land access and tenure security.

22 July 2015 | Briefing Paper

Philippines: Why housing rights must be prioritised to end displacement of Zamboanga’s urban poor

This briefing paper highlights current gaps in the response to those displaced by conflict since September 2013 in Zamboanga city in the southern island of Mindanao, the Philippines

15 January 2015 | Briefing Paper

Time to act: Internal displacement on the rise in Ukraine

In Ukraine, more than 417,000 people have had to flee their homes since March 2014. As the length of time in displacement increases, so do the basic needs of IDPs.

22 October 2014 | Briefing Paper

Central African Republic: complexity of displacement demands nuanced and sustained response

A year after the Séléka seized power in CAR, IDMC takes stock of the mass displacements that followed and maps challenges ahead.

24 March 2014 | Briefing Paper

Left behind: IDPs forgotten in Mali’s southern cities

Nearly two years since the onset of the crisis, there are 200,000 IDPs in Mali, of which half have been left behind in southern cities.

20 February 2014 | Briefing Paper

South Sudan: Out of crisis, an opportunity?

Two years after South Sudan's independence, the scale and seriousness of the country's internal displacement situation is often under-reported

09 July 2013 | Briefing Paper


A bend in the road is not the end of the road – the veto of the IDP Act in the Philippines

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) is disappointed by the recent vetoing of the Rights of the IDP Act of 2013 by the President of the Philippines, His Excellency Benigno Aquino. The IDP Act would have strengthened the already significant efforts made by the Philippines government over the past decade to assist and protect the millions of people who have been displaced by conflict, violence and natural disasters in the country.

13 June 2013 | Briefing Paper

A cautious return: Malian IDPs prepare to go home

The military campaign to retake control of northern Mali from Islamist rebels has raised hopes among IDPs that they could soon be going home - but what will they be going home to?

20 February 2013 | Briefing Paper

Nowhere to run: Fleeing Malians struggle to find safety and assistance

More displacements are expected across the country as the fighting and violence are likely to intensify over the next few weeks as more French and African troops are deployed

21 January 2013 | Briefing Paper


The new peace agreement in the Philippines is an opportunity to address internal displacement in Mindanao

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) welcomes the signing this week of a peace deal by the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the country's main Muslim rebel group.

19 October 2012 | Briefing Paper

Syria: No safe haven - A country on the move, a nation on the brink

When it reaches such dramatic scales, displacement disrupts the stable economic centres that people flee to, exacerbating existing tensions and fuelling more protests

17 August 2012 | Briefing Paper


Iraq: IDPs and their prospects for durable solutions

Briefing paper presented at the UNHCR annual consultations with non-governmental organisations, 28 – 30 June 2011, Geneva

30 June 2011 | Briefing Paper


Briefing paper on flood-displaced women in Sindh Province, Pakistan

Extreme, sudden-onset weather events - primarily floods and storms - displaced more than 38 million people worldwide in 20101. The devastating floods in Pakistan, caused by unusually heavy monsoon rains in July and August, accounted for 11 million. The rains brought flooding to as much as a fifth of Pakistan’s national territory, which affected more than 10 per cent of the country's population of 181 million.

01 June 2011 | Briefing Paper


Briefing paper on Southern Sudan: IDPs return to face slow land allocation, and no shelter, basic services or livelihoods

Of the approximately four million people internally displaced by the civil war, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has estimated that from the 2005 signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) until the end of 2009, over two million returned to Southern Sudan and to the region of Southern Kordofan, including the Abyei area.

30 May 2011 | Briefing Paper


Democratic Republic of the Congo: IDP protection in light of UNSC Resolution 1925 on MONUSCO’s mandate

Preventing future displacement of the civilian population in DRC and ensuring durable solutions to those who have been displaced has been recognized by UNSC Resolution 1925 as crucial to ensure sustainable peace and security in the country.

01 May 2011 | Briefing Paper


Background note on internal displacement and protection concerns in Côte d’Ivoire

When Côte d’Ivoire’s 2010 post-electoral crisis broke out, the country had been trying to secure peace and stability since civil war erupted in September 2002. While a number of the humanitarian problems from that period had been addressed by the end of 2010, there were still populations with outstanding protection needs.

04 April 2011 | Briefing Paper


Briefing paper on forced displacement in Mexico due to drug cartel violence

In 2006, the Mexican government of Felipe Calderón launched a military offensive against the country’s drug cartels. The intervention of the armed forces in cornering rival groups reportedly sparked vicious turf wars over previously agreed trafficking routes.

01 December 2010 | Briefing Paper


Georgia: Towards Durable Solutions for IDPs

With the adoption of the State Strategy for Internally Displaced Persons-Persecuted (IDPs) in 2007, the government of Georgia exhibited a policy shift. While continuing to maintain return as a settlement option for IDPs, the strategy also supports the integration of IDPs at their current residence.

01 September 2010 | Briefing Paper


Russian Federation: IDPs still face challenges related to their displacement

In Chechnya, armed violence and two rounds of conflict between separatists and government forces, first between 1994 and 1996 and then again since 1999, have caused some 800,000 people to flee their homes.

01 August 2010 | Briefing Paper


Southern Sudan: Overcoming obstacles to durable solutions now – building stability for the future

After two and a half decades of war, the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Government of the Republic of the Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army brought relative peace to Southern Sudan and provided the opportunity for some reconstruction.

01 August 2010 | Briefing Paper


Fallen off the agenda: More and better aid needed For iraq recovery

As foreign troops are withdrawing from Iraq and a new government is to be formed, Iraq finds itself entering a phase of transition. Attention is now turning to how the emerging Iraqi democracy and the future Iraqi government will be able to ensure long-term stability and sustainable recovery for the country.

01 July 2010 | Briefing Paper


Conflict Beyond Borders: Humanitarian Impact of the Colombian Conflict in Ecuador

In March, 2008, the Colombian armed forces attacked a FARC camp located in the Ecuadorian province of Sucumbíos. This attack resulted in the death of FARC’s second in command, Raúl Reyes.

10 October 2009 | Briefing Paper


Israel: End of Lebanon fighting allows displaced Israelis to go home

Several hundred thousand people fled northern Israel for the centre and south of the country during the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah which lasted from mid-July to mid-August 2006.

30 August 2006 | Briefing Paper


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