The resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan has complicated the displacement crisis in the country, as fighting continues to displace both new groups and IDP and refugee returnees. A lack of security in most of the country has also left those displaced wary of returning to their homes and has threatened humanitarian and aid access to these groups. For the donor countries and organizations working on reconstructing Afghanistan, finding durable solutions for the displaced will be an essential component of peace-building and post-conflict reconstruction.
On June 23, the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement hosted a breakfast with Ewan McLeod, the Deputy Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Afghanistan. McLeod discussed the displacement sitaution for both IDPs in Afghanistan and refugees who have fled elsewhere, as well as the implications of this displacement for Afghanistan, both in the near term and the long term. Khalid Koser, Deputy Director of the Brookings-Bern Project moderated the discussion.