Integrating Disaster-Induced Displacement within the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
1 July 2014, Geneva – Walter Kaelin
Disasters associated with natural hazards displace millions of people each year, both within their own countries and across international borders. Between 2008 and 2012 sudden-onset disasters such as earthquakes, cyclones and floods displaced an estimated 144 million people, i.e. an annual average of 29 million. While the global number of people displaced by slow-onset disasters like drought is not known, in 2011 some 1.3 million Somalis were internally displaced, with 290,000 people seeking refuge across international borders in the context of the 2011-2012 Horn of Africa drought crisis and instability within Somalia.