A record 59.1 million people were internally displaced as a result of conflict, violence and disasters at the end of 2021. How many were living with disabilities is unknown, but the global disability prevalence rate of 15 per cent suggests the figure could be nearly nine million.
IDMC has led the production of the first collaborative report on internally displaced persons (IDPs) with disabilities in situations of conflict, violence and disasters. The report brings together inputs from CBM, the European Disability Forum, Humanity & Inclusion, the Inclusive Data Charter, IMPACT Initiatives, Ruhr University Bochum - Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict, the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities and UNHCR.
This report represents a first step toward addressing the paucity of data on IDPs with disabilities. Its findings highlight the differentiated and multi-dimensional impacts of displacement on the lives of persons with disabilities and the intersecting challenges they face before, during and after displacement.
It also includes a Spotlight on IDPs with disabilities in Ukraine.