IIED, UN-Habitat and the Joint Profiling Service (JIPS) Call for Cities to Develop a Proactive Response to Urban Displacement

Calling on governments and stakeholders to urgently re-evaluate their response to internal displacement in urban areas, this joint submission by IIED, UN-Habitat and the Joint Profiling Service summarises key messages and recommendations for action for the field of urban displacement.

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It is estimated that 33.4 million people were internally displaced during 2019. The majority of these people relocated to urban areas. Unable to register with government or health authorities and dependent on informal networks, these individuals are vulnerable to multiple hazards, including COVID-19.

In response to this development and the negative impact on both displaced persons and host communities, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement last year. In this joint submission, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UN-Habitat and the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS) recommend concrete steps as well as a fundamental re-evaluation of how urban displacement should be addressed. 

Download the submission in full and learn more about its key messages here.