MPC Research Seminar “Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Haiti: Human development and rights after the January 2010 Earthquake”

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Thursday 24 May 2012 14:30 – 16:30, Cappella, Villa Schifanoia

This research seminar aims at presenting and discussing the preliminary results of the research project on the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Haiti in the framework of the ACP Observatory on Migration (ACPOM) which is led by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and financed by the European Commission. The main goal of the research project is to propose policy recommendations aimed at improving the management of internal displacement in Haiti.
In the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake, an estimated 1,5 million persons have been internally displaced due to the destruction of their houses. Most of them sought refuge in more than 1,300 camps. An estimated 412,000 persons are still living in camps in May 2012, but this figure has sharply decreased in the past months, due to the closure of several camps.
In April 2012, the BRIDES, a consulting company based in Haiti leaded by Frantz Fortunat, has conducted a case-control survey among the IDPs under the scientific coordination of the Migration Policy Centre (MPC, EUI). The aim of the survey is to compare the living conditions and the socioeconomic situation of the IDPs in the camps and that of those who have been relocated.
The research seminar will consist in the presentation of the survey’s methodology and preliminary results by Thibaut Jaulin (MPC, EUI), Youssef Courbage (INED/BRIDES), and Pierre Guedj (BRIDES). Andrew Geddes (EUI) will introduce the discussion on environmental-induced migration.

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