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01 Nov 2018 description

IDMC has set out to better understand the relationship between internal displacement and cross-border movements. This case study on Iraq forms part of the resulting Invisible Majority thematic series. It examines drivers of displacement and the onward movement of people within and across borders, provides better understanding of their priorities and preconditions for return, and explores obstacles to their achievement of durable solutions.

31 Oct 2018 description

Urban sustainability is a key objective in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, set by world leaders in 2015 to end poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change. Yet, it cannot be achieved if national and local governments continue to overlook the issue of internal displacement. In this blog for World Cities Day, we explore how urbanisation and internal displacement are inextricably linked and must be considered together in order to form effective responses.

30 Oct 2018 description

October 2018 - Until now, there were no globally recognized standards for statistics on forcibly displaced people. As a result, data on refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons (IDPs) are often incomplete and cannot be compared. The work of the Expert Group on Refugee and IDP Statistics (EGRIS) paves the way towards better statistics on forcibly displaced populations.

24 Oct 2018 description

Today, IDMC is signing up as a Champion of the Inclusive Data Charter. This is one step towards linking the displacement data community with the sustainable development agenda and I believe it is an important one. The Charter, which was launched in July 2018, aims to mobilise political support to improve ‘the quality, quantity, financing, and availability of inclusive and disaggregated data’.

17 Oct 2018 description

El desplazamiento en Guatemala tiene una larga y distintiva historia. La guerra civil del país, que duró de 1960 a 1996, dejó entre 500.000 y 1,5 millones de personas desplazadas internamente, muchas en los barrios marginales de la capital, Ciudad de Guatemala. La mayoría de los que huyeron de sus hogares y tierras fueron indígenas, escapando de agentes del Gobierno que amenazaban sus vidas y su bienestar.1 A pesar del periodo de estabilización política del país después de la guerra civil y el establecimiento de un proceso democrático, la violencia y el desplazamiento continuaron.

17 Oct 2018 description

Independientemente de cómo se mida, el desplazamiento causado por el crimen y la violencia ha aumentado al nivel de una crisis humanitaria en El Salvador y el Triángulo Norte de Centroamérica (TNC). La dimensión transfronteriza del fenómeno y las solicitudes de asilo asociadas son bien conocidas, pero se sabe mucho menos sobre las causas, los detonantes, los patrones, y el impacto del desplazamiento al interior de las fronteras del país.

17 Oct 2018 description

Internal displacement affects the lives of displaced people, their host communities and those they leave behind in many ways. We identified seven dimensions that need to be considered - health, livelihoods, education, housing and infrastructure, security, the environment and social life. This report presents the results of a systematic review of nearly 1,000 publications on the impacts of internal displacement in each of these dimensions.

16 Oct 2018 description

Carmen Arroyo interviews ALEXANDRA BILAK, director of the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 16 2018 (IPS) - This year the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) noted that 2017 saw the highest number of displacements associated with conflict in a decade-11.8 million people. But this is not a situation that is going to be resolved any time soon, says the organisation which has been reporting on displacements since 1998.

12 Oct 2018 description

October 13th is the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), a global celebration of efforts to reduce disaster risk, and mitigate loss and damage from natural and man-made hazards. In Indonesia, however, there is not much to celebrate. The recent Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami claimed around 2,000 lives, with 5000 more maybe missing. The event also triggered the displacement of at least 82,000 people.

25 Sep 2018 description

Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 25 September 2018 – The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) launches two new reports today on criminal violence and displacement in El Salvador and Guatemala.

25 Sep 2018 description
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Displacement caused by crime and violence has, by any measure, risen to the level of a humanitarian crisis in El Salvador and the broader Northern Triangle of Central America (NTCA). The cross-border dimension of the phenomenon and associated asylum claims are well acknowledged, but much less is known about the drivers, triggers, patterns and impacts of displacement within the country’s borders.

19 Sep 2018 description

On this day in 2017, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, known locally as 19-S, shook Mexico City displacing over 100,000 people. One year on and many people remain displaced but numbers are difficult to come by. They are mainly urban poor and marginalized communities that were disproportionately affected by the disaster and have not received adequate support to recover and rebuild.

12 Sep 2018 description

Ethiopia has seen the highest number of people forced to flee their homes within their country in the first half of 2018, according to the IDMC report on global displacement out today.

12 Sep 2018 description


Ethiopia experienced nearly 1.4 million new internal displacements associated with conflict and violence in the first half of this year, surpassing both Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to IDMC’s mid-year figures released today.

12 Sep 2018 description
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East Africa worst hit by internal displacement in first half of 2018

Geneva, 12 September 2018 - Latest figures from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) reveal that millions of people across the world have become displaced inside their own country since January. Worldwide, there were 5.2 million new internal displacements associated with conflict and violence in the first half of 2018, based on the analysis of data from the 10 worst-affected countries.

16 Aug 2018 description

Obtaining accurate data is fundamental to correctly assessing the needs of internally displaced people (IDPs). Effective communication with the people you are serving is fundamental to that process.

Yet too often aid organisations and other service providers lack information on IDPs’ primary languages and literacy rates to know which languages and formats to use to communicate with them.

27 Jul 2018 description

Feature article: Global Report on Internal Displacement 2018

Conflict and disasters displaced 30.6 million people within their own countries last year, according to IDMC’s flagship report, which we launched on 16 May.

24 Jul 2018 description

Last year, IDMC recorded the highest levels of internal displacement by conflict and violence in a decade. We documented heart-breaking accounts of families escaping attacks and insecurity from Syria to the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan. As always, this displacement took place against a backdrop of chronic poverty and political instability, and was compounded by weak governance and response capacities, complex needs and vulnerabilities, and difficult humanitarian access.