Senegal IDP Figures Analysis

As of December 2014, IDMC estimates the number of IDPs in Senegal at 24,000 (OCHA / UNICEF, February 2010), according to the most recent data available.


At the peak of violence between the Senegalese army and the separatist Movement of Democratic Forces in the Casamance (MFDC) in 2007, there were an estimated 70,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in the southern Senegal region of Casamance. Incidents of violence have reduced in number and intensity during 2013 with no new displacements reported during that year.

Displacement patterns in the recent past have been pendular, with people sheltering near their homes and returning when clashes subside on a daily, weekly or seasonal basis. Limited access to land, basic services and livelihoods prevent IDPs and returnees from achieving durable solutions.

With no comprehensive tracking system in place it is difficult to give an assessment of the situation of either IDPs or returnees. Figures have therefore been compiled from various figures available.

"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."