12 April 2018
Geneva, Switzerland

Research launch and expert discussion - "Uncovering the hidden cost of internal displacement"

The research launch will let participants learn more about an innovative approach and take part in lively discussions on how to take this research forward for better informed policies on internal displacement.

© Igor Ovsyannykov | public domain

© Igor Ovsyannykov | public domain

Although much of the discussion on forced displacement focuses on cross-border movements, internal displacement is not a secondary issue: the vast majority of the 65 million people who were forced to leave their homes in 2016 remained within their own country. Beyond humanitarian, human rights and security concerns, this phenomenon also has a considerable, but largely ignored, economic impact on countries and communities.

In 2017, IDMC launched a new research project to assess the economic impact of internal displacement. The first conceptual framework for assessing the cost of internal displacement on a country's economy was developed in partnership with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and with the financial support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Postdoctoral Research Scholar Asjad Naqvi will give a presentation on agent-based modelling to understand the impacts of internal displacement.

What is internal displacement?

Internal displacement refers to the forced movement of people within the country they live in. Millions of people are forced to flee their homes or places of habitual residence each year, including in the context of conflict, violence, development projects, disasters and climate change, and remain displaced within their countries of residence. Millions more live in situations of protracted displacement or face chronic displacement risk.

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Asjad Naqvi

Research Scholar

Advanced Systems Analysis/Advancing Systems Analysis

T +43(0) 2236 807 575


Abel G & Heo N (2018). Changing internal migration flows patterns in South Korea. Regional Studies, Regional Science 5 (1): 78-80. DOI:10.1080/21681376.2018.1431149.

Naqvi A (2017). Deep Impact: Geo-Simulations as a Policy Toolkit for Natural Disasters. World Development 99: 395-418. DOI:10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.05.015.

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