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WELCOME: IDPs’ Health in COVID-19

Dear Colleagues:

Welcome to the CRN 11 June 2020 Newsletter: volume 2, Issue 6.

According to the Global Report on Internal Displacement 2020, there were 50.8 million internally displaced persons, 45.7 million are as a direct result of conflict and violence. The challenges faced by internally displaced persons (IDPs) by virtue of living in a cramped communal space are not only unique to this particular population but are also exacerbated by several vulnerabilities, including poor health and socio-economic situation.

The added health risks due to COVID-19 have worsened the impact of conflict and disasters on IDPs. For example, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Group reports that only three ventilators are available for the entire five million people in the Central African Republic, which includes 641,000 IDPs. A factsheet based on self-reporting of 3,209 in 49 camps households in Iraq revealed up to 97 per cent of dwellers expressed difficulties with the cost of access to health services.

In a recent report produced by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, states are urged to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on IDPs by, inter alia, 1) including IDPs in national and local preparedness and response strategies; 2) stepping up effects to minimise crowding in shelters for IDPs in order to protect the public health, safety, and well-being of individuals; 3) COVID-19 related restrictions on movement must not discriminate against IDPs; and 4) authorities must take all possible measures to prevent COVID-19 related violence  against IDPs.

It is against this backdrop that the Journal of Internal Displacement is inviting you to contribute to its special issue: “A Crisis within a Crisis: Global Pandemics and Displacement”.

Veronica Fynn Bruey and Steven Bender


United Nations General Assembly President’s message on World Refugee Day 20 June 2020. On World Refugee Day we hold the 25.9 million refugees of the world in our thoughts. Refugees around the world have made treacherous journeys in pursuit of peace, prosperity, and the full enjoyment of basic human rights. Life has become even more difficult for refugees as the world contends with the COVID-19 pandemic. Travel restrictions have prevented refugees from moving through transit countries. In camp communities, transmission prevention measures are difficult to implement. Space is often at a premium, making physical social distancing impossible. Moreover, access to hand-washing facilities and health services may be limited; and personal protective equipment, if available, may be in short supply. More information available here.

United Nations Secretary General’s message on World Refugee Day 20 June 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic is a sharp reminder of how we are all intimately connected — to each other and to nature.

Nearly 80 million women, children, and men around the world have been forced from their homes as refugees or internally displaced people. Even more shocking: ten million of these people fled in the past year alone. On World Refugee Day, we pledge to do everything in our power to end the conflict and persecution that drive these appalling numbers. More information available here.

On 18 June 2020, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced the resumption of resettlement departures for refugees. The temporary hold on resettlement travel, which was necessitated by disruptions and restrictions to international air travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, delayed the departures of some 10,000 refugees to resettlement countries. Throughout this period, UNHCR, IOM and partners continued to process and counsel refugees and resettled scores of emergency and urgent cases. More information available here.

On 8 December 2019, Council of Delegates of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement adopted resolution CD/19/R7: Strengthening Implementation of the Movement Policy on Internal Displacement: Ten Years on. Paragraph 1 of Resolution CD/19/R7 urges all the components of the Movement, acting in line with their respective mandates and the Fundamental Principles, to ensure that their responses to the protection and assistance needs of IDPs and host communities, including the support provided to other components of the Movement and responses undertaken in cooperation with other entities, are informed by the Movement Policy on Internal Displacement. More information is available here.

On the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Draft Global Action Plan ‘Promoting the health of refugees and migrants (2019-2023)’. At its Seventy-second World Health Assembly in May 2019, the Health Assembly will discuss a report ‘Promoting the health of refugees and migrants, Draft global action plan, 2019-2023’. Its development is in response to a request by the Health Assembly in resolution WHA70.15 on promoting the health of refugees and migrants for the Director-General, inter alia, to develop a draft global action plan on the health of refugees and migrants for consideration by the Seventy-second World Health Assembly. The aim of the draft action plan is to improve global health by addressing the health and well-being of refugees and migrants in an inclusive, comprehensive manner and as part of holistic efforts to respond to the health needs of the overall population in any given setting, including the coordination of international efforts to link health care for refugees and migrants to humanitarian programmes. More information is available here.


The Journal of Internal Displacement—Call for Submissions

Theme: ‘A Crisis within a Crisis: Global Pandemics and Displacement’
Publication: January 2021 (Volume 11, Issue 1)
Submission Deadline: 1 September 2020

The Journal of Internal Displacement is now accepting submissions for its January 2021 (Volume 11, Issue 1). We are particularly interested in topics on global pandemics and displacement: SARS, Ebola, H1N1 and COVID-19. Download the Call for Papers here.

The Journal of Internal Displacement (ISSN 1920-5813 Online), established in 2009, is the only scholarly and inter-disciplinary platform for raising the profile of displaced populations through discussions, critical dialogue, emerging themes, reflections and explorations on a wide range of topics and regions around the globe. The JID promotes free and open access and does not charge authors for submissions. Visit our website to submit a paper or subscribe for free.

Call For Members: Research and Development Committee

CRN 11 is currently recruiting members to join Magdalena Krystyna Butrymowicz who leads the Research and Development Committee. Those interested, please email Magdalena: Deadline: Open

Call For Volunteers: Newsletter Editor

CRN 11 is currently recruiting volunteers to lead the Advertisement and Promotion Committee. Those interested, please send a cover letter and CV to Deadline: Open

Interested in making the best use of your time during COVID-19 lockdown? Apply for the CRN11 newsletter editor position.  Submit a cover letter and CV to  and Deadline: Open

Become a CRN 11 Research Collaborator

Interested in being a bona fide research collaborator with CRN 11? Email for details on how to apply. Deadline: Open

Invitation to be a Guest Blogger for CRN 11

Do you have an interesting story to tell about internal and international migration and displacement? CRN 11 is eager to share your piece as a guest blogger for our monthly newsletter.  Please submit your stories to and Deadline: Open


University of British Columbia, President’s Academic Excellence Initiative PhD Award. Deadline: Ongoing.

Princeton University. Princeton Society of Fellows Fellowship Program in the Humanities and Social Sciences 2021-2024. Deadline: 4 August 2020.

University of Peace, Master of Laws in Transnational Crime and Justice. Deadline: 6 September 2020.

University of Pretoria, Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Program. Deadline: 31 August 2020.

UQIDAR joint-PhD Program 2020, Australia and India, University of Queensland. Deadline: 31 December 2020.


Colloque international de l’APAD 2020 (Postponed)

Colloque international de l’APAD 2020, Circulations in the Global South: Ethnographic Explorations of Globalized Exchanges (Les Circulations Dans le Sud Global: Ethnographies des échanges Mondialisés), 08-11 December 2020, l’ Université of Lomé, Togo. For more information contact:

International Conference on Migration, Development and Human Security

The International Conference on Migration, Development and Human Security, 06-07 August 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Association of Commonwealth University Summer School

Association of Commonwealth University Summer School 2020, The Migration Generation? Climate, Youth and Refugees, 2-10 August 2020, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana.

The Migration Conference 2020

The Migration Conference Organizing Committee cordially invite you to submit abstract(s) to the 8th conference in the series which will take place on 9 to 11 September 2020, South East European University campus, Tetovo, North Macedonia.

The 6th International Conference on Conflict, Violence and Development

Due to the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the VI International Conference “Conflict, Violence and Development”, organized by the Institute of Social and Economic Studies (IESE) will take place on 15th  and 16th  September 2020, in Maputo, Mozambique.

Utrecht University, The Netherlands: Connecting Europe Project

Utrecht University, The Netherlands and Connecting Europe Project Conference, Migrant Belongings: Digital Practices and the Everyday, 4-6 November 2020, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

German Historical Institute

Annual Academic and Policy Symposium, Contested Meanings of Migration Facilitation: Emigration Agents, Coyotes, Rescuers, and Human Traffickers, 16-17 November 2020, Washington, DC.

The Centre for History of the University of Lisbon

The Centre for History of the University of Lisbon, 11th Iberian African Studies, African Transits in the Global World: History and Memories, Heritage and Innovation, 21-23 January 2021, Lisbon, Portugal.

Freedom Network USA Human Trafficking Conference

The 2021 Freedom Network USA Human Trafficking Conference, 25-26 March 2021, Washington DC, USA.

Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration, and Development

Visit the Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development, Maastricht University, The Netherlands for a list of events on Migration.


Honey Oberoi Vahali, Lives in exile: Exploring the inner world of Tibetan Refugees (10 August 2020). Ebook.

United Nations Children’s Fund, Protecting and supporting internally displaced children in urban settings (July 2019).

Frank Furedi, Why Borders Matter (25 July 2020).

Nasir Ahmad, Nasir Shaheen, and Sajjad Hussain, Internal displacement: Relationship of mental health and education of children in Swat, Pakistan (July-August 2020).

Jacob Soboroff, Separated: Inside an American Tragedy (7 July 2020).

Sophie Buckley, Anna Tickle, and Sarah McDonald, Implementing psychological formulation into complex needs homeless hostels to develop a psychologically informed environment (2 July 2020).

United State Department of State, Trafficking in Person Report 2020 (25 June 2020).

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Annual Global Trends Report (18 June 2020).

The Vatican’s the Section for Migrants and Refugees of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Pastoral Orientations on Internally Displaced People (5 May 2020).

Asli Ceylan Oner, Bahar Durmaz-Drinkwater, and Richard J. Grant, Precarity of refugees: The case of Basman-Uzmir, Turkey (02 April 2020).

Ilan Cerna-Turoff, Jeremy C. Kane, Karen Devries, James Mercy, Greta Massetti, and Mike Baiocchi, Did internal displacement from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti lead to long-term violence against children? A matched pairs study design (April 2020).

Howard Adelman, African refugees: Development aid and repatriation (24 February 2020). Ebook.

Vicente Anzellin and Clemence Leduc, Urban internal displacement: data and evidence (February 2020).

Sergio Parra Cely and Clotilde Mahe, Does internal displacement affect educational achievement in host communities? (January 2020).


United Nations, Children’s Fund, UN agencies welcome latest relocations of unaccompanied children from Greece, call for further action and solidarity (8 July 2020).

Greg Barlow, Law and Society Stories – War, refuge and academia (17 June 2020).

Tim Gaynor, Resolving displacement critical for regional, international stability – UN refugee chief (18 June 2020).

Edward Moreno, Lawsuit: Migrants were forced to clean Arizona ICE facility with high COVID-19 infections (10 June 2020).

Donald Kaberuka and Federica Mogherini, COVID-19 makes addressing internal displacement even more urgent (26 May 2020).

United Nations Children’s Fund, 19 million children internally displaced by conflict and violence in 2019, highest number ever (4 May 2020). 


Displaced Peoples (CRN11) newsletter is published monthly.  The Newsletter is a venue for sharing information regarding displaced peoples, broadly defined. Your contribution to the monthly newsletter is crucial to its sustenance, success and quality. To contribute to the Newsletter, please contact Veronica Fynn Bruey and Steven Bender: and To subscribe or unsubscribe visit CRN 11 Displaced Peoples.