In late 2019, JDC was established to help change the collective approach to forced displacement. The goal was to enhance the ability of governments and humanitarian and development partners to make more timely and evidence-informed decisions by having more and better data at their disposal. As we look back on the past four years, an observable improvement has occurred in the way development and humanitarian actors work with data.

Data, Displacement & Development: Putting the World Development Report into Action

The recently published 2023 World Development Report highlights the issues and inconsistencies in the current data on displaced and migrant populations and how accurate and consistent data is an important basis for effective programs and policies. The JDC is hosting a webinar to discuss how to improve data for refugees, IDPs, stateless people, and their hosts.

JDC at the World Data Forum 2023

The Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement (JDC) in collaboration with the Expert Group on Refugee, IDP and Statelessness Statistics (EGRISS), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) will hold a session on “Inclusion of forcibly displaced in national surveys” during the United Nations World Data Forum 2023.

Statelessness: Where small changes can have profound impact

Maja Lazić, Deputy Head of the Joint Data Center, returned from Hangzhou, China, where she spoke at the World Data Forum. Led by the UN, the event draws together people who want to promote the use of data to form more effective public policy.

National Survey Inclusion of Forcibly Displaced People

The number of forcibly displaced people now stands at over 100 million. Many of the countries who host these people are rising to this challenge, making generous efforts to welcome and support those forced to flee and granting them access to health, education and other national systems.

Our Vision

Improved protection and wellbeing of forcibly displaced persons and those affected by forced displacement is achieved through coherent implementation of evidence-informed humanitarian and development action and inclusive policies.

Our Mission

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

Our Focus

 Improving and supporting the collection, analysis, dissemination, and use of primary socioeconomic microdata and population data that inform policymaking and programming. 


See what’s happening at the Joint Data Center today.


The conflict in Ukraine has renewed attention on the impact on refugees and those internally displaced.

JDC Publications

Read the latest reports and briefs from the JDC.




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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