About the Global Internal Displacement Database (GIDD)

Welcome to IDMC’s Global Internal Displacement Database (GIDD) (version 1.0). In an effort to make our data and analysis on internal displacement more user-friendly and transparent, we have developed this interactive platform designed for policy makers, NGOs, researchers, journalists and the general public. The GIDD enables you to explore, filter and sort IDMC’s data to produce your own graphs and tables which you can export in several different formats. You can also access and export the data used to generate these visualisations.

Not all of IDMC’s data is here on display in an interactive format in this first version of the GIDD. For researchers and others interested in even more of our data we have also made it possible to download the larger datasets for conflict- and disaster-related displacement. For any inquiries please contact us at

Geographical and temporal scope of the database

The database aims to provide comprehensive information on internal displacement worldwide. It covers all countries and territories for which IDMC has obtained data on situations of internal displacement, and provides data on situations of:

  • Internal displacement associated with conflict and generalized violence (2003-2016);
  • Displacement associated with sudden-onset natural hazard-related disasters (2008-2016).

GIDD 2.0: What to look for in the future

We have already begun working on new features for the next version of the GIDD, which we will launch before the end of 2017. In addition to providing updated figures and including more and different types of data, we also plan to feature additional functionality.

Because we created this platform with you in mind, please let us know if there are any specific features you’d like to see by contacting us at


We use two similar but distinct methodologies to produce displacement estimates related to conflict and violence, and disasters. In the case of conflict- and violence-induced displacement, we conduct situational monitoring in certain countries after we learn of the occurrence of displacement, and report the country-wide estimates of new displacement during the year and the total number of people displaced at year’s end. In contrast, we monitor and report cases of disaster-induced displacement on an event-by-event basis. For each of these events, we collect information from different sources and generate the most comprehensive and reliable displacement estimate for that disaster.

We rely on an extensive range of data sources including: national and subnational government authorities, UN agencies and other international organizations, related global databases, civil society organizations, news media outlets, and other entities.

For more in-depth information on our methodology, please refer to the Methodological Annex of the 2017 Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID)

1.2 Codebooks

In order to facilitate the use of our datasets, we have included two codebooks, linked below, that describe the fields used as well as the limitations of our data.

Download Methodological Annex

Download Conflict-induced displacement codebook

Download Disaster-induced displacement codebook