Internal displacement: 20 years of action


In 2016 more than 31 million people were displaced in 125 countries by conflict, violence and disasters. Internal displacement uproots people from their homes, depriving them of their jobs, basic health and security services, and separates them from their families and friends. LEARN MORE


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May 23, 2018

Syria: A family of 11 escapes hostilities in eastern Ghouta

A man holding a baby at an IDP camp in Ghouta

This article originally appeared on OCHA’s website. Reposted with permission.

The frontline of the seven-year-old conflict in Syria is now Eastern Ghouta, where violence has forced some 130,000 people to flee. OCHA caught up with a family who fled to Adra collective shelter in Rural Damascus in search of safety in late March.

Eleven members of a family (who we cannot name) have been at Adra camp for two days. Jouri, is the youngest member of the family at nine months old. Her grandfather holds her while her mother looks on from inside a makeshift tent. “Everything that we have is in here,” he told us, as he pulled up a piece of plastic sheeting and revealed a few neatly stacked […]

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May 21, 2018

Open Letter by Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, on the need for better solutions for IDPs

Renewed action from across the international community is vital if we are to deliver on our collective commitment to on IDPs and to “leave no one behind” – as articulated in the Sustainable Development Goals. I urge Governments, world leaders, thought leaders and the public to unite behind this cause by signing the mission statement today.

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May 21, 2018

IOM Director General Statement on International Day of against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT)

On this International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, IOM would like to call on the international community to commit to doing more to assist, protect and address the specific needs of internally displaced individuals, who are part of the LGBTI community.

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May 16, 2018

30.6 million people displaced inside their country in 2017

Two boys running through Daquq IDP camp near Kirkuk, Iraq

16 May 2018, London – Conflict and disasters displaced 30.6 million people within their own countries last year, according to a new report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

“This is the equivalent of more than 80,000 people displaced each day,” said Alexandra Bilak, Director of IDMC. “The scale of this displacement is dishearteningly familiar. This report shows why we need a new approach to address the huge costs of internal displacement, not only to individuals, but also to the economy, stability and security of affected countries.”

Key findings from the Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID 2018) show that new displacement due to conflict and violence reached 11.8 million in 2017, almost double the figure […]

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Lead photo credit: NRC/Christian Jepsen