IPI HomeEventsPanel DiscussionsNumbers of Internally Displaced People Highest in Decade

 

print print  |  share share back back

Panel Discussions - Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Numbers of Internally Displaced People Highest in Decade

The number of people around the world displaced by conflict or violence within their own countries has increased to 27.5 million in 2010, the highest figure in the last decade, according to a new report launched at IPI on March 23rd.

The report, by the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, was presented at IPI by Elisabeth Rasmusson, Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council; Valerie Amos, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator; and Radhika Coomaraswamy, the UN Secretary- General for Children and Armed Conflict.

Ms. Rasmusson said that that more than half of the internally displaced persons in 2010 were in five countries – Colombia, Sudan, Iraq, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Somalia.

“Close to three million people in 20 countries across the world were newly displaced from conflict and violence during 2010, and large scale displacement continues,” she added.

Ms. Coomaraswamy said that 12.2 million of the displaced in 2010 were children.

Baroness Amos noted that the term “internally displaced person” and its commonly used acronym, IDP, didn’t fully capture the horror experienced by victims. “It’s a horribly bureaucratic term which describes a situation which can be grim, terrifying, demanding and tragic,” she said.

Moderating the panel was Warren Hoge, IPI’s Vice President for External Relations.

The IDP report was also the subject of an IPI luncheon roundtable the same day on "Policy Legislative Instruments for the Protection of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges." The meeting was held under the Chatham House rule of non-attribution.

Speaking at the session were Ms. Rasmusson; Dr. Francis Deng, Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General for the Prevention of Genocide and formerly Special Representative for IDPs; and Dr. Josephine Ojiambo, Deputy Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN.

Moderating the roundtable conversation was Edward C. Luck, IPI's Senior Vice President for Research and Programs.

Read coverage of the morning event by Edith Lederer of The Associated Press

 Download the 2010 IDP Report

 Read transcript

The Global Observatory

Ukraine Steels Itself for Winter as Putin Forges Ahead with Novorossiya
As Ukraine searches for a unifying national identity, Russian-sponsored statebuilding in the east could lead to an emboldened 'Novorossiya' project.

Key Global Events to Watch in October
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.

2014 Top 10 Issues to Watch in Peace & Security: The Global Arena
A list of ten key issues to watch that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2014, compiled by IPI's Francesco Mancini.

The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.

Recent Events

October 09, 2014
Rethinking Women and Forced Migration
The drastic increase in conflicts around the globe has seen the world’s displaced population pass 55 million people, and the fact that 80% of them are women and children is prompting many to rethink how the international community is responding.

October 09, 2014
Africa: China’s Second Continent
Speaking at an IPI Distinguished Author Series event on October 9th, author Howard French made a case for how Western underestimation of Africa’s economic promise has enabled China to establish an economic and human presence on the continent, leading to the permanent migration there of nearly 2 million Chinese.

September 30, 2014
Vike-Freiberga: Rethinking the United Nations
In a speech delivered at IPI on September 30th, Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga gave a sobering historical analysis of the gains and setbacks made by the international system over the past century and, focusing on the UN, she called for a rethinking of the organization’s structure and approach to peace.

View More