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Internal displacement; global trends in conflict induced displacement

30-09-2009 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 875, by Nina Birkeland

At the end of 2008, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) found that the number of people internally displaced by conflict, generalised violence or human rights violations stood at a ten-year high of 26 million worldwide. This article presents the findings of the IDMC's latest survey on trends in internal displacement, challenges faced by displaced populations, and measures taken to address these.


Nina M. Birkeland is the head of the Monitoring and Advocacy Department at the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).