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High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges: Protecting the Internally Displaced - Background Document

IDP numbers worldwide are at a record high. According to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), at the beginning of 2013, there were a staggering 28.8 million persons around the world who were displaced internally due to conflict and violence. Around 6.5 million of them were newly displaced, nearly double the figure from the previous year. Some 17.7 million IDPs were receiving protection and assistance from UNHCR. Although we are witnessing a few positive trends regarding IDP returns, ongoing conflict in a number of countries, including the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali and the Syrian Arab Republic, is expected to result in an even higher year- end IDP figure for 2013.