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Lives across the frontline: internal displacement in a divided Ukraine

In the absence of any progress in the peace process, Ukraine is facing the challenge of protracted internal displacement. IDMC’s director, Alexandra Bilak and researcher & writer, Elizabeth Rushing, report on their findings from discussions in September 2017 with displacement-affected communities living along the conflict’s contact line.

18 October 2017 | Blog Post

Syrians at the berm: surviving in nightmarish conditions and with an uncertain status

Tens of thousands of Syrians are stuck in no man’s land in between Jordan and Syria and their situation is far beyond desperate. They live, or rather survive, in the berm, a strip of land between two man-made barriers of sand, a rocky desert with no vegetation, no water and one of the harshest climates on earth. Only a few outsiders have ever had the chance to visit it.

04 October 2017 | Blog Post

Annual Report 2016

The Annual Report 2016 is a reflection of IDMC's priorities and achievements during the year.

05 September 2017 | Publication

Today's returning refugees, tomorrow's IDPs

On World Refugee Day, IDMC's senior strategic adviser on conflict Elizabeth Rushing reflects on UNHCR’s annual NGO consultations and gives two recommendations to policymakers working on the global compact on refugees.

20 June 2017 | Blog Post

50 Years of Occupation: Displacement and Dispossession in Palestine

The nature of displacement in Palestine is unique among present day humanitarian crises, and remains directly related to the impact of protracted occupation. Now in its 50th year, the occupation continues to escalate with no end to it in sight. Itay Epshtain, NRC Palestine Policy Advisor, reflects on the role of humanitarians and that of States in efforts to ensure peace, security and the protection of rights in this context.

09 June 2017 | Blog Post

A New Year resolution: making 2017 a year for IDPs

Despite the obvious link between internal displacement and refugee flows, policymakers tend to focus mainly on refugees while internally displaced people (IDPs) remain largely neglected. Guest blogger Ledio Cakaj shares his first-hand experience as a refugee and as a researcher and explains why it is crucial to make sure the plight of IDPs is at the top of the global policy agenda.

26 January 2017 | Blog Post

Making the invisible visible – and empowered

To mark International Migrants Day on 18 December, Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, the new Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), talks about her new role and highlights the need of a synchronised approach towards migrants, refugees and IDPs in order to assure effective and relevant policies as well as appropriate levels and allocation of funding.

16 December 2016 | Blog Post

What does development-caused displacement look like in Africa?

While internal displacement caused by conflict and disasters in Africa has been reported fairly constantly in the international media, development-based internal displacement in the continent is yet to gain such prominence. Guest blogger Dr Romola Adeola explores the prevalence of this root cause of internal displacement in Africa and why it has largely gone unnoticed in discussions on humanitarian protection by regional and international agencies.

07 December 2016 | Blog Post

Seizing the momentum: Displacement on the global climate change agenda

IDMC's new briefing paper explains how the need to ratchet up efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change is made ever more urgent by the millions of people being displaced from their homes year by climate-related disasters.

02 November 2016 | Publication

If you don’t measure, you don’t know: the invisible plight of elderly IDPs

The elderly are usually the last to flee from an unfolding conflict or disaster. Once displaced, many are vulnerable to poor health and face greater obstacles to restoring livelihoods and achieving durable solutions.

25 July 2016 | Blog Post

Ignoring the roots of Europe’s refugee influx

The current refugee influx in Europe is, in part, a symptom of the failure to protect and assist internally displaced people in their own country. The United Nations is missing an important opportunity in September to address displacement holistically.

04 July 2016 | Blog Post

Driving global efforts to reduce internal displacement: thoughts from Istanbul

As the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), Istanbul, 23-24 May 2016, explicitly recognises internal displacement as a “complex political and development challenge”, IDMC highlights the need to address the underlying drivers of displacement and calls for better data collection.

24 May 2016 | Blog Post

From Kampala to Istanbul: Advancing global accountability for IDPs through law and policy making

The World Humanitarian Summit is a great opportunity for states and other stakeholders to state their commitment to building regional and national normative frameworks to protect IDPs.

19 May 2016 | Publication

Driven apart: how repeated displacement changes family dynamics in eastern DRC

Second of a series of thematic papers that contributes to understanding resilience in the context of multiple displacement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

20 November 2015 | Publication

IDPs’ family cohesion at stake in eastern DRC

Analysts for Central Africa had the opportunity to gather data on internally displaced people who have suffered repeated displacement and to hear about how displacement affects young people’s family lives.

20 November 2015 | Blog Post

New humanitarian frontiers: Addressing criminal violence in Mexico and Central America

Parts of Central America and Mexico are suffering a humanitarian crisis which stems directly from expanding criminal violence. How could humanitarian actors help national governments to protect people affected by violence?

22 October 2015 | Publication

As the conflict marches on in Yemen, its displaced citizens are close to a tipping point

The conflict in Yemen is reaching dire proportions with no clear end in sight. Here, IDMC analyses the challenges faced by over 1 million IDPs struggling to survive in a country wracked by turmoil.

24 July 2015 | Blog Post

Global Estimates 2015: People displaced by disasters

Latest figures from IDMC estimate that more than 19.3 million people were forced to flee their homes by disasters in 100 countries in 2014. Hundreds of thousands more are still displaced following disasters in previous years.

20 July 2015 | Publication

Internal displacement in Iraq

This map shows the internal displacement in Iraq as of June 2015

30 June 2015 | Map

Iraq: IDPs caught between a rock and a hard place as displacement crisis deepens

Violence against civilians in Iraq has driven three million people into internal displacement in just eighteen months, with access to safety dramatically restricted by the fragmentation of society.

30 June 2015 | Overview

Internal displacement in the Central African Republic

This map shows the internal displacement in the Central African Republic as of May 2015

26 May 2015 | Map

Central African Republic: IDPs face significant challenges as instability and political transition continue

More than 426,200 IDPs in the Central African Republic continue to live in limbo as a result of the current conflict and communal violence and despite reconciliation efforts.

26 May 2015 | Overview

Global Overview 2015: People internally displaced by conflict and violence

In 2014, the total number of people internally displaced by armed conflict and violence worldwide was estimated to be 38 million people, the highest figure IDMC has ever recorded.

06 May 2015 | Publication

The power of solidarity in displacement

Analysts for Central Africa had the opportunity to gather data on internally displaced people who have suffered repeated displacement and to hear firsthand their stories of survival.

30 April 2015 | Blog Post

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