Monitoring COVID-19 Impact on Refugees in Ethiopia

The JDC has collaborated with the World Bank Group, the Ethiopia Agency for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to integrate refugees in an ongoing high-frequency phone survey of households (HFPS)

Blog Post

JDC colleagues feature in the Forces Migration Review’s 66 issues. In the Data and displacement feature, they discuss recent advances in gathering and using data, the challenges that remain, and
new approaches, including in the face of pandemic-imposed restrictions. 

© UNHCR/Samuel Otieno

Third Issue of Quarterly Digest on Forced Displacement

The JDC in collaboration with UNICEF’s research centre – UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, publishes the third issue of its digest. The digest discusses how to enhance data on children and youth “on the move”. 

Blog Post

A new blog on JDC-supported Expert Group on Refugee and IDP Statistics (EGRIS) highlights the World Bank’s ongoing engagement

Highly vulnerable yet largely invisible

Highly vulnerable yet largely invisible:: Forcibly displaced in the COVID-19-induced recession –  JDC Paper Series on Forced Displacement No.1

This inaugural issue of the JDC Paper Series on Forced Displacement highlights how investments are urgently needed for evidence-based humanitarian response to improve the lives of FDPs and their host communities during the pandemic.

© UNHCR/Mohammad Hawari

Compounding Misfortunes: World Bank-UNHCR Joint Study

The JDC supported a joint World Bank-UNHCR study on the immediate aftermath of Covid-19 on poverty levels in the Mashreq region.

2nd Research Conference on Forced Displacement

The Center solicits the submission of papers on the collection and analysis of microdata on forcibly displaced populations and their hosts for it’s 2nd Research Conference.

Work Program

The JDC work program for 2020 has some 40 activities structured around five themes: Strengthening Data Systems, ii. Filling Data Gaps, iii. Filling Data Analysis and Knowledge Gaps, iv. Improving Data Access, and v. Sharing Knowledge.

© UNHCR/Sebastian Rich

Scale of Global Forced Displacement:

Scale of Global Forced Displacement

79.5 million forcibly displaced people*


  • 26.0 million refugees
  • 45.7 million internally displaced persons
  • 4.2 million asylum seekers 
  • 3.6 million Venezuelans displaced abroad      

Source: UNHCR Global Trends, 2019

Our Mission

To enhance the ability of stakeholders to make timely and evidence-informed decisions that can improve the lives of affected people.

Our Scope

Forcibly displaced populations including refugees, internally displaced persons, stateless people, asylum seekers, and host populations.

Our Focus

Collection, analysis, and dissemination of primary socioeconomic microdata that enables policy making and programming, through implementation principles of partnerships and innovation.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2nd Research Conference on Forced Displacement has been postponed to January 20-22, 2022. The conference will still take place at the Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá, Colombia.


On the occasion of the World Statistics Day, Björn Gillsäter and Prof Peter Kagwanja discuss the role of data in designing viable policies on forced displacement.

JDC Publications 

Traditional approaches to managing forced displacement remain largely child blind. This third JDC Quarterly Digest highlights some examples of research which contribute to closing these gaps, by focusing on three main areas of investigation.




The Government of Denmark represented by Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs


European Union represented by the EU Directorate-General for International Partnerships (INTPA)


The U.S. Government represented by U.S. Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM).

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