Migration Seminar Chloe Sydney - The displacement continuum: the relationship between internal displacement and cross-border movement

Chloe Sydney, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

The vast majority of people who flee their homes to escape conflict, violence and disasters do not cross an international border. Of the 82.4 million people forcibly displaced by conflict and violence around the world, 48 million are internally displaced people (IDPs). Because they remain inside the confines of their own country, they are the invisible majority of displaced people. Drawing upon primary data collected by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) among over a thousand refugees, returning refugees, and IDPs from Iraq, Colombia, Myanmar, Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen, and Afghanistan, this discussion will examine drivers of displacement and onward movement within and across borders, provide a better understanding of priorities and preconditions for voluntary return for both refugees and IDPs, and examine obstacles to and opportunities for durable solutions for IDPs and returning refugees.  

To attend the seminar, please use the following Zoom link: 


Meeting ID: 854 6929 0324
Passcode: 810197

About the speaker

Chloe Sydney is a Researcher at the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). Much of her research has focused on the relationship between internal displacement and cross-border movements. She also supports research on internal displacement associated with slow-onset environmental change. She has worked previously as Analyst and Research Officer for Forcier Consulting in Egypt, Sudan, and South Sudan, and as a Reports Officer for UNICEF South Sudan. Chloe holds a MSc in International Migration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics. She is a PhD candidate at Aberystwyth University, focusing on refugee return. 

Venue: Zoom

Date: 13 September 2022

Time: 15:30 - 16:30  CEST