Haiti Displacement Tracking Matrix shows 87 per cent decrease in internally displaced households since 2010 earthquake
Haiti - IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), covering the three-month period ended September 30, reports a total of 172,000 individuals (45,000 households) still displaced and living in 306 sites or camp-like settlements in Haiti.
“Since the January 2010 earthquake, when 1.5 million Haitians were displaced from their homes, IOM has seen an 87 per cent decrease in the number of internally displaced households and an 80 per cent reduction in the number of sites or camps,” explains Gregoire Goodstein, IOM Chief of Mission in Haiti.
During the reporting period covered by the DTM – July to September 2013 – IOM reported the highest decrease in internally displaced population since January 2011.
Return programmes offering rental subsidies and carried out in the past three months were responsible for the closure of 42 sites and the relocation of more than 14,460 households, or 99 per cent of the total reduction in number of households; the remaining one percent is accounted for by voluntary departures.
Led by the Government of Haiti, in collaboration with IOM and other partners, return programmes have resulted in the closure of 273 sites since June 2011, and have helped relocate approximately 55,900 internally displaced households.
“Despite good progress, there are still many families living in undignified and life-threatening conditions, with the ever-present risk of eviction by landowners. It is important that the international community step up and close this displacement chapter, a realistic goal which could be attained in the next two years,” adds Goodstein.
IOM Haiti reports that of the 306 sites that remain open only two have dedicated camp management support from the international community. More than 50 per cent have toilets, only 26 have water provided on the premises, and only 11 benefit from a waste management system.
Of the 306 sites identified during this reporting period, 24 per cent (72) are reportedly located on public land, while 75 per cent (229) are on private property. Information on the remaining five sites was insufficient to categorize them.
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