Refugees and displaced persons

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees have all the same problems of crisis-affected people everywhere, and in addition carry the consequences of having (by definition) left their homes or their home nations. This flight substantially exacerbates their vulnerability, removing them from their property, livelihoods and protective networks or authorities. In broad terms, refugees and IDPs are often least able to engage in survival strategies because they are in an unfamiliar or foreign territory, and are often the most marginalized in terms of protection from harm by groups in power or local authorities. They may even find themselves unwanted by local communities or deemed illegal by the authorities, further increasing their vulnerability.

Refugee children in a tent using a megaphone

Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

Key actors

Lead UN Agency mandated with protecting the rights of refugees, forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people

Provides humanitarian aid and protection for displaced persons in emergencies

Provides assistance and protection for refugees and internally displaced persons in conflict areas

Conducts advocacy for lifesaving protection and assistance for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises

Researches the needs of displaced women, children, and youth, and advocates for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience

Information tools

Daily newsletter about top refugee stories, highlighting refugee-related reporting, analysis, and videos

External blogs

In-depth coverage of the global refugee crisis and forced migration, featuring reporting, analysis, expert interviews, and commentary

Tools for the job

Screening tool for identifying and addressing situations of vulnerability intended to help guide and inform frontline workers and decision-makers in the context of asylum and migration procedures and systems

Handbook on the protection challenges faced by women and girls who are refugees, forcibly displaced, or stateless

Handbook on the protection challenges faced by persons with disabilities in forced displacement

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