Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Internally Displaced People: A Global Survey

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Internally Displaced People: A Global Survey

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Author: Global IDP Project & Norwegian Refugee Council--second edition Publisher: Earthscan, London, UK; Sterling, Virginia, USA. (www.earthscan.co.uk) Hb ISBN 1-85283-953-1 price UK 55 [pounds sterling] Pb ISBN 1-85283-952-3 price UK 19.95 [pounds sterling]

Some 25 million persons across the world today are counted as internally displaced. Because they have not crossed an international border, they are not protected by the international regulations which concern refugees. They are people whose states are unable or unwilling to see that their needs are recognized and met. This book indicates the scope of the problem and the responses to it in the year 2002. The Global IDP Project data base (www.idpproject.org) provides updates and additional information.

What is the significance of the problem? In numbers it is relatively large: 25 million is twice the number of refugees--five times as many as in the 1970s. In terms of governance, internal displacement indicates unsolved fundamental problems.

A seven-page chapter on the Global IDP Project's training programme near the beginning of the book, and the fundamental 10 pages of Guiding principles at the end give the reader an idea of the strategies and principles that exist for dealing with the problems which are so starkly documented in the regional profiles. But the real aim of this publication is to convince us of the enormity of the problem, and in this it succeeds all too well. Focusing on 48 countries, the survey looks at four factors which lead to displacement: armed conflict, generalized violence, the systematic violation of human rights, and forced displacement as a military or political objective. …

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