The majority of the world’s displaced people live within the borders of their own countries. While people who cross an international border to seek safety are protected by a range of norms and laws, internally displaced people are most often not. And they receive far less international attention and assistance than other displaced groups.
Refugees International is calling for advances in how the humanitarian system responds to internal displacement and is working to ensure that governments uphold the rights and safety of internally displaced people. It is looking specifically at regional instruments and tools to improve IDP access to their rights, including the Kampala Convention, as well as the role of climate change in internal displacement.
Featured Image: Ernestine, who is displaced from northwestern Batibo, Cameroon, poses for a photograph on October 1, 2019 at home in the Emana district in Yaoude. © Daniel Beloumou Olomo/AFP via Getty Images.