16 May 2019

Disaster Displacement - A global review

Disaster Displacement - A global review

Since IDMC began collecting data on displacement associated with disasters in 2008, natural hazards have triggered approximately 265 million new displacements, more than three times as many forced movements as those caused by conflict and violence. 

Despite the scale of this issue, there are significant gaps in timely, accurate data about people displaced by natural hazards. These gaps limit our collective understanding of the needs of displaced people and how to assist them as they overcome their displacement. Importantly, they also limit our ability to assess the full impact of disaster displacement on individuals, communities and countries, and to estimate future displacement risk.

This report identifies who collects disaster displacement data, how data is collected and for how long. It reveals the most important gaps and provides action-oriented recommendations to overcome them.