An IDP No More? Exploring the Issue of When Internal Displacement Ends

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Aiming to compile reliable and agreed statistics and mark out the scope of responsibility of particular institutional mechanisms, this discussion paper explores the issue of when an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) ceases to be an IDP. For this purpose it examines the following topics:

- Guidance that can be distilled from the Guiding Principles
- Relevance and implications of the issue of cessation in the refugee experience
- Case studies where internal displacement has been, or may risk being, determined to have ended
- Possible criteria for consideration

The paper served as a background reference for a conference on this topic held by the Humanitarian Dialogue Center. It aimed to raise questions for humanitarian organizations dealing with Internally Displaced Persons in considering their approach to the issue.