Refugees and Internally Displaced People

The UN Refugee Agency estimates that approximately 89.3 million people have been forcibly displaced due to conflict and violence, persecution, and human rights violations.

Among them, over 27.1 million are refugees (more than half under the age of 18). Over 53 million people are internally displaced people (IDPs), and more than 10 million are stateless, having been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, and employment.

In addition, the agency estimates that approximately 21.5 million people have been displaced by weather-related events such as floods, wildfires, and extreme temperatures, a number that will only keep growing as climate change continues to adversely affect populations worldwide, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

Our Work

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AIR recognizes the importance of this extraordinary challenge, working with governments, UN agencies, and key stakeholders to evaluate programs and policies to better understand what works, and implement evidence-based interventions that protect the rights and dignity of forcibly displaced populations.

AIR’s research includes evaluations of education programs in refugee and IDP camps, livelihoods initiatives, gender empowerment, and cash transfer programs.

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Senior Vice President, International Development