by Cindy Huang and Nazanin Ash
CGD/IRC Policy Note, March 2016
The global community is facing extraordinary shifts in forced displacement. Today, more people than ever before – 65 million, including 21 million refugees – are displaced by conflict. The average length of their displacement is 10 years, and some 60 percent now live in urban areas rather than camp settings. A staggering 86 percent of refugees are living in developing countries that already struggle to meet the needs of their populations. Current tools and responses fail to match the scale and complexity of the challenge. Host countries are taking on great responsibility, but with insufficient support. New partners and new models are required to meet the displacement challenge.