Task Force on Population Movement, 5th Report, 14 October 2015

Executive Summary

This is the 5th Report of the Task Force on Population Movement, since its establishment in April 2015. The purpose of these reports is to provide up to date and accurate data on displacement and displacement trends across the country. This information is an essential requirement as the basis on which prioritized and coordinated humanitarian response is founded.

The 5th Report validates a total number of 2,305,048 persons displaced due to the current conflict in Yemen, as compared to 1,439,118 persons in the 4th report (published 5 August 2015). This represents an increase of 865,930 displaced people.

The main reason for the increase is the fact that the methodology that is used for the tracking and profiling of displaced people was significantly improved. The number of partners providing data has increased, and training of humanitarian workers has generated a more consistent and exact approach. Notably, the number of districts covered by the information collection has increased by 29%. Importantly, a system of confidence rating has been introduced, evaluating and grading the information on the basis of its comprehensiveness, and notably discarding poor quality data to better reflect the reality on the ground.

However, the continuation of the conflict and intense fighting reaching new areas of the country has also forced more families to leave their homes and seek safety and security. The five governorates most affected by the fighting - Abyan, Aden, Al Dahle, Hajjah and Taizz - account for more than 1.3 million of the 2.3 million displaced people, or 57 per cent of the total.

The 5th Report confirms the severity of the humanitarian impact of the conflict. The uncertainty of the military confrontations and the lack of perspective or an end to the conflict are ingredients for a likely continuation of an increase of the number of displaced people and their needs. The Task Force on Population Movement is committed to enhance the tracking methodologies and achieve the most comprehensive data set, including full disaggregation of data, to allow for better evaluation of specific vulnerabilities.

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