Conflict and internal displacement in Afghanistan are on the rise again, but as the situation deteriorates many Afghans who have fled to neighbouring countries find they are no longer welcome there either. IDMC’s researcher and writer Elizabeth Rushing introduces a new case study on refugees and deportees who face a life in internal displacement when they return
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.
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.
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 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.
IDP figures and key events in Yemen since 2004 highlights the scale of displacement triggered by the recent conflict between Yemeni security forces and Houthi rebels.
IDMC estimates there were at least 275,000 Palestinian IDPs in the Israeli occupied territories.
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?
There are today over 240,000 IDPs trapped inside of the Gaza Strip. Watch IDMC’s latest statement at the emergency session of the UN Human Rights Council last week.
With over 500,000 people fleeing Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city in June and more than 700,000 people internally displaced in the rest country since January 2014, IDMC breaks these figures down to show the deeper dynamics affecting this current crisis.
IDMC reveals 33.3 million people were internally displaced by conflict in 2013, with a full 63% in just 5 countries.
Each day, 9,500 civilians are forced to flee their homes in Syria – that’s one family every minute.* Three years after Syria’s brutal armed conflict began, the international community is still failing to bring an end to a crisis which has displaced a staggering number of people inside the country.