Born in displacement: Challenges in assisting and protecting descendants of internally displaced people
June 2014

There is no clear answer to the question of whether children born to in displacement are IDPs. IDMC starts a discussion on this topic in this paper. It argues that children born in displacement are IDPs until they or their family have achieved durable solutions. Such an approach is in line with the long-recognised principles of non-discrimination and family unity. This paper analyses the consequence of this lack of guidance by providing evidence on the different approaches in national laws and policies and the impact on protection and assistance of IDPs and their children.

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