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11 May 2016

IDMC Launches Global Report on Internal Displacement 2016

By Alexandra Bilak

This is a key week for us at the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), as we publish our new Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID 2016), marking a significant breakthrough for us as we synthesize all our reporting on global internal displacement into one report.

This will be supported by a new Global Data Platform which will continually update the figures online. By reporting on all situations of internal displacement, regardless of their cause, our intention is to provide an ever more holistic picture of what has truly become a global crisis.

The key findings of the report reveal that conflict, violence and disasters internally displaced 27.8 million people in 2015, subjecting a record number of men, women and children to the trauma and upheaval of being forcibly displaced within their own country.


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Displaced families from the Sabarmati Riverfront development project in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, who have been waiting over eight years for resettlement in an interim site. Photo: IDMC, 2016.

Coping with Internal Displacement Caused by Development in India

In March 2016, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), undertook its first research mission dedicated to internal displacement caused by development projects. Later this year IDMC will issue a report based on its findings and targeted recommendations.

This is IDMC’s first major step in establishing a formal area of work on development-caused displacement that will include data collection, research, analysis and policy influencing.

India is booming. Everywhere we went there was evidence of development, whether the establishment of a metro transport system in Cochin, the expansion of Jharkhand’s capital city Ranchi, or the construction of new housing blocks on the outskirts of New Delhi.  


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Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM): Informing Life-saving Humanitarian Responses and Policy


Three weeks after a devastating earthquake struck Ecuador’s coast, IOM has just released its first Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) report, highlighting sectoral needs of 11,274 individuals displaced across 76 sites. A quarter of displacement sites are schools, another quarter are open spaces.

Parks and sport centers combined account for another 20%. Acute respiratory infections and diarrhea have been identified as the primary health concerns in these sites. The majority of sites do not have separate latrines and shower facilities for men and women. These and other sectorial concerns can be found in the DTM report along with data sets and maps available for download here

The primary objective of DTM is to provide life-saving information to inform operational programming and adjustments. There is also an increased demand for the resulting information to feed into broader policy processes.


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Migration in the News

  • A BBC investigation found that over 1,250 unnamed migrant men, women and children have been buried in unmarked graves in 70 sites in Turkey, Greece and Italy since 2014.
  • Voice of America’s South Sudan in Focus interviewed IOM’s David Derthick and Ashley Mclaughlin on the recommendations of the report on South Sudan Protection of Civilians sites: “If We Leave We Are Killed”.  Radio Tamazuj also featured the report.
  • International Business Times reported that the resignation of Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann this week appears to be the latest political casualty of the rise of the far-right amid the divisive refugee crisis in Europe.
  • IRIN reported from the port of Obock in Djibouti, which has become a haven for two very different groups – refugees fleeing the war in Yemen and Ethiopian migrants heading in the opposite direction with smugglers in the hope of reaching Saudi Arabia.
  • AFP reported that Macedonian police found 69 migrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Syria hidden in a truck heading from the Greek border towards Serbia.

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  • Al Jazeera reported from an NGO shelter in Guadalajara, Mexico, that offers migrants a chance to eat, wash and rest before they continue their dangerous journey to the US border. 

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