In early March 2015, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reported that more than 1.2 million people are internally displaced within North-East Nigeria. In addition, the conflict has caused 203,000 Nigerians and stranded migrants to flee to neighbouring countries to seek safety. With the claim of towns liberated and the relatively calm security after the Presidential Elections on 28 March, an increase in spontaneous return movement to many areas is expected. However, conditions in those areas of return are believed to be quite desperate as conflict and inter-communal violence have caused widespread destruction of homes, social infrastructure and resources on which livelihoods are based. There is need for rapid assessments to recently recovered towns to inform planning and advocacy on return and resettlement issues and in providing humanitarian assistance to address the urgent needs of both displaced persons and returnees.
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