Liberia IDP Figures Analysis

As of December 2014, IDMC estimates the number of IDPs in Liberia at 23,000, according to the most recent data available.


Many of the 500,000-600,000 people who fled the violence during Liberia’s fourteen year civil war sought safety in the country’s capital, Monrovia. There, they set up makeshift settlements on public land, in camps or with host families. Most of those able to return had done so by 2011, with UN figures from that time reporting that an estimated 23,000 people still lived in former IDP camps (ALNAP, 2007). The government considers the country’s internal displacement situation resolved.

The current figure includes the residual caseload of IDPs from the civil war between 1989 and 2003 as well as the estimated 10,000 people forcibly evicted over the years under the government’s infrastructure development and crime reduction strategy. Many of those left homeless were believed to be IDPs forced into secondary displacement.

With no tracking system in place it is difficult to give a comprehensive assessment of the situation of either IDPs or returnees.

"IDMC uses only the most credible accurate information available. Notwithstanding the caveats and limitations of the source information described above, IDMC believes this to be the best data and is grateful to the partners for sharing it."