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Becoming an adult in internal displacement: Key figures, challenges and opportunities for internally displaced youth


Side event to the African Youth SDGs Summit 2020
Key figures, challenges and opportunities for internally displaced youth
Thursday 5 November |  11:00 - 12:30 GMT | 12:00 - 13:30 CET
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This online session will present the first estimates of the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) between the ages of 15 and 24 at the global, regional and national levels for about 100 countries. Conflicts, violence and disasters resulted in nearly ten million young people living in displacement around the world at the end of 2019, 4.2 million in sub-Saharan Africa alone. This is the highest figure ever recorded, although it is likely an underestimate. This session will present an overview of some of the most recurring challenges young people face in internal displacement. Their age, gender, disability status and socioeconomic background, as well as other factors, play a significant role. In order to illustrate this complexity, the panellists will highlight the experiences of internally displaced girls and street-connected youth, showing the specific risks they can encounter. Promising data collection methods will also be discussed. Internally displaced young women and men, like all IDPs, are impacted by displacement in multiple ways. As they are at a crucial time in their lives for their personal, social and professional development, they may have particular ways of facing the experience. They encounter specific risks and sometimes lack the resources to avoid them. They can also, however, find opportunity in the midst of adversity, if the right conditions are in place.

Christelle Cazabat, IDMC


  • Rachel Snow, Population and Development Branch, UNFPA
  • Enzo Mauro Tabet Cruz, Plan International
  • Nayana Das, IMPACT Initiatives
  • Naomi Nyamweya, Malala Fund
  • Shona Macleod, Consortium for Street Children
  • Louisa Yasukawa, IDMC


Read more about internally displaced youth in our newly released report