Durable solutions still elusive 13 years after conflict

Widespread discrimination against Serbs and Roma people has made it difficult for IDPs to return to areas where they constitute a minority

10 October 2012 | Overview


Mali: Northern takeover internally displaces at least 118,000 people

Few could have predicted that Mali, long considered a beacon of democracy in West Africa, would in less than a year see half its territory overrun by Islamic militants and a tenth of its northern population internally displaced.

01 October 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


New displacement adds to critical humanitarian situation in the country since independence

After more than 50 years of civil war, the Republic of South Sudan declared independence from Sudan on 9 July 2011. Until that point, Sudan had been the largest country in Africa and as of the end of 2010 it was home to up to 5.2 million internally displaced people (IDPs) – more than any other country in the world (IDMC, 23 December 2010).

26 June 2012 | Overview


Nigeria: Increasing violence continues to cause internal displacement

Internal displacement is a common consequence across Nigeria of inter-communal and political violence, flooding and forced evictions. While some of the conflicts appear to be caused by overlapping and mutually reinforcing regional, religious and ethnic divisions, but violence often stems from competition for scarce opportunities and communal resources.

08 June 2012 | Overview


Need to focus on returnees and remaining IDPs in transition to development

Since the 2006 signing of a cease-fire agreement between the government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army there has been significant return of those displaced by conflict in northern Uganda.

24 May 2012 | Overview

Unresolved property issues and IDP policy hiatus undermine search for durable solutions

A national IDP policy was promulgated in 2007 but has failed to meet its objective to ensure protection and assistance to all people displaced by conflict

11 April 2012 | Overview


Afghanistan: Durable solutions far from reach amid escalating conflict

More than ten years after the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan´s transition towards peace and stability remains far from complete. Decades of armed conflict, natural disasters and extreme weather have had a devastating effect on Afghan society, causing significant civilian casualties, widespread destruction of property and infrastructure and numerous waves of displacement.

09 April 2012 | Overview

Partial progress towards durable solutions for IDPs

Greater attention to the creation of livelihood and job opportunities is needed for IDPs in their place of refuge and return

21 March 2012 | Overview


Displacement caused by conflict and natural disasters, achievements and challenges

Pakistan has faced a series of displacement crises due to natural disasters and armed conflict in recent years. 19 million people have been displaced by earthquakes and flooding and over five million by armed conflict over the past seven years.

10 January 2012 | Overview

Progress on internal displacement response needed

Most IDPs who are unable to return home cite a combination of insecurity and a lack of guarantees for political activity as their main obstacles

30 December 2011 | Overview

Improved government response yet to have impact for IDPs

Colombia’s government has changed its discourse in favour of those who have suffered human rights violations within the country. However, it is yet to translate this into effective action

29 December 2011 | Overview

Durable solutions remain elusive for many IDPs while thousands are newly displaced by military operations in Papua

After the government wound up its IDP strategy in 2004, people displaced by conflict were no longer recognised as a vulnerable group deserving specific attention

22 December 2011 | Overview

Unknown numbers of IDPs still need humanitarian assistance as well as support for long-term durable solutions

A significant proportion of IDPs would choose to integrate in the place they were displaced to, but their lack of security of tenure presents a major obstacle to this

20 December 2011 | Overview

New displacement and worsening humanitarian and protection crisis for IDPs

The famine threatened the lives of many of the 1.5 million people displaced by conflict, with malnutrition rates among IDPs in Mogadishu and Afgoye up to three times the critical emergency threshold

09 December 2011 | Overview

Displacement due to criminal and communal violence

Instances of mass displacement have been recorded in Tamaulipas, Michoacán and Guerrero states

25 November 2011 | Overview

Buddhist minority declines the 'deep south' due to protracted armed conflict

Buddhist civilians targeted by the insurgents because of their real or perceived association with the Thai state have fled their homes in large numbers

15 November 2011 | Overview


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


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

IDPs need further assistance in context of continued attacks and insecurity

There were an estimated 1.7 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as of July 2011, the vast majority of them in the eastern provinces of North and South Kivu. This included over 128,000 people newly displaced in the first quarter of 2011.

14 September 2011 | Overview


Property restitution in sight but integration still distant

Threats, assassinations, massacres, forced recruitment, and forced disappearances perpetrated by numerous illegal armed groups, and armed confrontations between these groups and government forces, continue to force Colombians to flee their homes, mostly from rural areas.

05 September 2011 | Overview

Secure tenure and land access still challenges for long-term IDPs

IDPs lack security of tenure in the settlements they live in, and many are far from the land on which they depend for survival

18 August 2011 | Overview


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