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An overhead view of Syrian children walking through a camp for displaced people in Idlib province 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).

Addressing Internal Displacement Is Critical to Global Development

, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021

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 to tackle this growing crisis by incorporating development-based approaches into the humanitarian response. The aim of these recommendations is to integrate internally displaced people, or IDPs, into society and end the scourge of displacement once and for all. If taken seriously, this report could mark a turning point in one of the world’s most urgent challenges. ...

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