27 March 2011

Internally Displaced Persons in 2010

Human displacement is one of the tragic – but often less visible- consequences of pervasive armed conflict. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) released its latest report, titled: Internal Displacement: Global Overview of Trends and Developments in 2010. At the UN’s request, the Norwegian Refugee Council established the IDMC in 1998. Since then, it has become the leading monitor of internal displacement around the world. Here are just a few highlight from the 2010 Report:

  • The number of IDPs globally rose from the end of 2009 to reach 27.5 million.
  • Perhaps not surprisingly, Africa – as a region – has the highest number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the world. There are more than 11 million IDPs on the continent and highly concentrated in Sudan, accounting for about 40% of the world total.
  • New displacements in Yemen boosted the figures for the Middle East region, which reached 3.9 million at the end of 2010.
  • By individual country, Colombia, Sudan, Iraq, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Somalia each reported more than a million IDPs. Although humanitarian and development agencies tend to focus on rural IDPs in rural areas, in most countries, significant numbers are also living in urban areas
  • People from a minority group were at greater risk displacement and had less access to formal and informal support and security/protection.
  • Attacks or threats against humanitarian workers continued in many situations including Darfur in Sudan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and Colombia.

You can read the full report HERE.