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Nothing is more permanent than the temporary: Understanding protracted displacement and people’s own responses

Recommended research   published by Benjamin Etzold. et al., TRAFIG Synthesis Report, BICC on November 1, 2022

Most displaced people migrate not in search of a place but people—communities they know, trust, and can rely on for security, stability, and support while they get back on their feet. Thus, understanding existing or sought-after social connections must be part of policy responses for durable solutions to protracted displacement. Instead of place-based solutions—like camps—displaced people need multiple options to better navigate and move out of vulnerability.

COVID-19 and Africa’s Displacement Crisis

Spotlight   published by Wendy Williams on March 25, 2020

The spread of the coronavirus in Africa is intersecting with the continent’s population displacement crisis. Protecting displaced persons and migrants will be key to reducing the overall rates of transmission.

Africa’s Population Displacement Reaches Record Levels in 2017

Infographic   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on August 15, 2017

Africa’s humanitarian crises have continued to worsen in 2017. Twenty million Africans have been displaced from their homes and 44 million are acutely food insecure.

Humanitarian Need and Displacement in South Sudan

Infographic   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on March 14, 2017

A spike in political violence since mid-2016 has caused the worst humanitarian crisis in South Sudan since its decades-long civil war with Sudan.

Population Displacement in Africa: Top 10 Countries of Origin

Infographic   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on September 19, 2016

A snapshot of Africa’s displaced populations reveals that 71 percent of Africa’s 18.5 million displaced persons are from 5 countries (Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo), and while much of global attention has focused on refugee migration into Europe, two-thirds of Africa’s dislocated population are internally displaced.

Additional Reading on Migration and Forced Displacement

Recommended research   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on May 13, 2010

African Migrant Flows Reshaping Security Challenges in Africa By the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, December 18, 2019 The dynamism of clandestine African migration flows continues to present criminal and violent extremist groups opportunities for exploitation. Shifting Borders: Africa’s Displacement Crisis and Its Security Implications By Wendy Williams, October 17, 2019 Recent years have seen... Continue Reading

Rising Sea Levels Besieging Africa’s Booming Coastal Cities

Infographic   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on November 8, 2022

Rising ocean levels threaten dozens of Africa’s rapidly expanding coastal metropolises, resulting in shrinking land area, coastal flooding, more powerful storm surges, and the need for better mitigation.

Conflict Remains the Dominant Driver of Africa’s Spiraling Food Crisis

Infographic   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on October 14, 2022

More than 80 percent of the record 137 million Africans facing acute food insecurity are in conflict-affected countries underscoring that conflict continues to be the primary driver of Africa’s food crisis.

Five Zones of Militant Islamist Violence in the Sahel

Infographic   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on September 26, 2022

The deterioration of the security environment in the western Sahel is marked by an array of differing actors, drivers, and motivations, calling for contextualized responses.

Record 36 Million Africans Forcibly Displaced

Infographic   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on July 19, 2022

Conflict continues to drive Africa’s record levels of population displacement. Africa’s 36 million forcibly displaced persons represent 44 percent of the global total.

Cyclones and More Frequent Storms Threaten Africa

Infographic   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on May 24, 2022

Global warming is causing an increase in the frequency and intensity of storms in Africa, which are exacerbating other socioeconomic stressors across the continent.