Disasters, Development and Durable Solutions to Displacement: Insights from Haiti | Brookings Institution

The earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010 sparked a massive displacement crisis. At the peak of the crisis, there were over 1.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in 1,500 camps scattered across Port-au-Prince and the surrounding regions. Four years later, approximately 147,000 IDPs remain in 271 camps. These declines are dramatic, but it is difficult to determine the extent to which those uprooted have been able to access truly durable solutions to their displacement, and what should be done to support solutions for those who remain displaced. This is not only a humanitarian problem, but a challenge with important development implications. This challenge is not unique to Haiti. From the Philippines to Pakistan, resolving post-disaster displacement crises and addressing the development issues at their roots stands out as a critical concern that will only grow in importance as natural disasters associated with the effects of climate change become more severe. via | Brookings Institution


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