Forced Displacemenet and Shelter

Over the past decade, tens of millions of people have been forced from their homes by armed conflict, internal strife, and systematic violations of human rights but remain within the borders of their own countries. The Project on Internal Displacement was created to promote a more effective national, regional and international response to this global problem and to support the work of the Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons in carrying out the responsibilities of his mandate. The Project is co-directed by Walter Kälin, the Representative of the Secretary-General, and Elizabeth Ferris, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Forced Migration Online (FMO) provides instant access to a wide variety of online resources dealing with the situation of forced migrants worldwide. Designed for use by practitioners, policy makers, researchers, students or anyone interested in the field, FMO aims to give comprehensive information in an impartial environment and to promote increased awareness of human displacement issues to an international community of users.

This site lets internally displaced people tell their life stories – in their own words. The narratives in these pages are valuable complements to the official information on conflicts which governments and international organisations offer.
These stories deal with the real lives of real people. The narrators share their personal experiences, their sensations, hopes and dreams, and the impact for them of being forced from their homes.

  • Internal Displacement Monitoring Center

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), established in 1998 by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), is the leading international body monitoring conflict-induced internal displacement worldwide. Through its work, the Centre contributes to improving national and international capacities to protect and assist the millions of people around the globe who have been displaced within their own country as a result of conflicts or human rights violations.

The International Rescue Committee – a critical global network of first responders, humanitarian relief workers, healthcare providers, educators, community leaders, activists, and volunteers. Working together, we provide access to safety, sanctuary, and sustainable change for millions of people whose lives have been shattered by violence and oppression.

Following an initiative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for the Refugees – ACNUR -, “Derecho y Desplazamiento”a network of programs of Legal Consultants from different Law Departments of Colombian Universities, gives legal advices and attention to victims of forced displacement.

Section linking to the essential legal texts covering the protection of refugees as such and of displaced civilians who remain in their own country; the ICRC’s role; documents and official statements.

Refugees International generates lifesaving humanitarian assistance and protection for displaced people around the world and works to end the conditions that create displacement.