Expert Opinion

Expert opinion | 18 October 2017

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.

 

Expert opinion | 04 October 2017

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.

 

Expert opinion | 28 September 2017

How many internally displaced Rohingya are trapped inside Myanmar?

Despite being one of the most widely covered displacement crises since the end of August, there is a lack of credible estimates of Rohingya internally displaced in Myanmar. Experts at IDMC are working to piece together this puzzle to ensure accurate figures are soon available.

 

Expert opinion | 20 July 2017

Internal displacement: What’s development got to do with it?

Global development leaders recently concluded their annual review of progress toward achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a 15-year framework that came into effect in 2016. Despite longstanding and widespread acceptance that internal displacement is a development issue, it was rarely even mentioned. It should have been central.

 

Expert opinion | 23 June 2017

Displaced but not forgotten: momentum is building to ensure internally displaced are not ‘left behind’

How can we address protracted displacement? Guest blogger Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien discusses a new OCHA study which recognises that in protracted situations, internal displacement is primarily a development and political challenge.

 

Expert opinion | 20 June 2017

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.

 

Expert opinion | 09 June 2017

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.

 

Expert opinion | 11 May 2017

The future is here, ahead of schedule: detecting incidents of displacement through machine learning and natural language processing

The head of our Data & Analysis department, Justin Ginnetti, shares his initial reflections and takeaways on the IDETECT challenge which ended in April.

 

Expert opinion | 24 March 2017

Painting a clearer picture with ‘flawed’ and ‘messy’ data

Compiling global figures on internal displacement, refugee statistics or international migration is a maddening, humbling experience. How can we improve data quality and ensure it is collected and used responsibly?

 

Expert opinion | 31 January 2017

#IDETECT: how technology and collaboration between innovators can help ensure “no one is left behind”.

As part of its innovation efforts, IDMC has launched #IDETECT, the ‘Internal Displacement Event Tagging Extraction and Clustering Tool’ challenge on the UN Unite Ideas platform. We welcome data scientists to join the challenge to help IDMC paint a more comprehensive picture of internal displacement.

 

Expert opinion | 26 January 2017

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.

 

Expert opinion | 16 December 2016

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.

 

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