Brookings-LSE: Displacement


Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement

Unlike refugees who cross national borders and benefit from an established system of international protection and assistance, those forcibly uprooted within their own countries, by armed conflict, large-scale development projects, systematic violations of human rights, or natural disasters, lack predictable structures of support. There are more than 28.8 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in more than 50 countries. No continent has been spared. Internal displacement has become one of the more pressing humanitarian, human rights and security problems confronting affected countries and the international community at large.

The Project on Internal Displacement promotes more effective national, regional and international responses to this global problem and supports the work of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons in carrying out the responsibilities of the mandate. The Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement monitors displacement problems worldwide, promotes the dissemination and application of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, works with governments, regional bodies, international organizations and civil society to create more effective policies and institutional arrangements for IDPs, convenes international seminars on internal displacement, and publishes major studies, articles and reports.

While maintaining its role as the leading research and advocacy platform for populations uprooted by violent conflict and civil unrest, the Project is increasingly also a pioneering source of information and policy prescriptions related to displacement caused by natural disasters and climate change.

The Project is co-directed by Elizabeth Ferris, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Chaloka Beyani, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons.

See The Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement.

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