Addressing Internal Displacement Is Critical to Global Development

Syrian children walking through a camp for displaced people near the village of Kafr Aruq, in Idlib province, Syria, Jan. 28. 2021 (AP photo by Ghaith Alsayed).
Syrian children walking through a camp for displaced people near the village of Kafr Aruq, in Idlib province, Syria, Jan. 28. 2021 (AP photo by Ghaith Alsayed).

Today, nine of every 10 people in the world who have been internally displaced by conflict have been living in a state of limbo for over a decade. For many of the millions of people who were displaced last year alone, fleeing to escape violent conflict and natural disasters while remaining in their home countries, the end of displacement may not come soon, if at all. When short-term humanitarian aid and media attention dry up, they will be largely forgotten. In a highly anticipated report launched in late September, the United Nations’ High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement called for concrete measures […]

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