Biometric registration in Northeastern Nigeria: Analysis Report - February, 2017

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In response to the displacement crisis in northeastern Nigeria, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and the State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs), started biometric registration in some of the areas most afected by the insurgency. The objective of this exercise is to provide reliable data to the Government of Nigeria and to the humanitarian community to target benefciaries, and to support humanitarian programs and activities, such as distributions, cash transfers, relocations, etc. The biometric registration was piloted in December 2015 in Maiduguri (Borno State) and and has since been implemented in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

The selection of locations for biometric registration is based on the results of the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), which allows for the identifcation of locations with vulnerable individuals, and partners' referrals. IDPs, returnees, and other confict-afected populations are biometrically registered at displacement sites (collective centres and transit centres) and in host communities in particular. The detailed information provided about individuals and households through this exercise, within IOM's framework for global data protection, has helped the government and humanitarian partners make informed decisions about aid delivery over the past few months. It has also supported assistance in the newly accessible areas of Borno State.

This analytical report aims to provide detailed information about the locations, number and origins of people who were biometrically registered from December 2015 to January 2017.