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

Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in the North Kivu province. (Photo: UN Women)

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.

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Security Topics:  Migration and Forced Displacement