On 21-22 June, the Brookings-Bern Project and UNHCR convened a meeting to discuss situations of protracted internal displacement in Geneva. This was the first time a meeting had been organized specifically on long-term IDP situations. During the meeting, discussions focused on the particular protection needs of IDPs in protracted IDP situations, the differences between protracted refugee and IDP situations and on the many gaps in our understanding of protracted IDP situations. Participants included representatives from the UN, other international organizations, NGOs, and academic researchers.
Many displacement situations do not end with the end of a conflict. For others, the conflict has not ended. In these situations, displacement has become protracted, adding to the challenges faced by the displaced. The Brookings-Bern Project organized an expert seminar in Geneva to discuss protracted IDP situations.