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

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