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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Q&A analysing current and future challenges concerning the protection needs of different groups of displaced people, in particular for IDPs.
As Nigerians prepare to vote in the presidential election on Saturday, there are concerns that over 1.2 million displaced people will be unable to access polling stations.
Increasingly, international humanitarians talk about the protection of civilians, vulnerable groups, and affected populations rather than about internally displaced persons (IDPs). What dangers could this pose to IDPs?