Legal analysis and research in the Pacific on admission and stay in disaster and climate change contexts
The Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD), under the Pacific Response to Disaster Displacement (PRDD) project,…
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.