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. While responses to forced displacement are evolving rapidly towards greater national leadership and ownership, data production does not yet mirror this trend. Refugees and IDPs are often systematically excluded, insufficiently represented or identified in national surveys and other socioeconomic data collection. 

Epitomizing the Agenda 2030’s core promise to “leave no-one behind”, countries such as Uganda, Iraq, Georgia, Chad, Niger, Ethiopia, Lebanon, and the Central African Republic are beginning to include forcibly displaced people in national surveys.

International statistical recommendations produced by the Expert Group on Refugee, IDP and Statelessness Statistics (EGRISS) are being used to inform the inclusion of forcibly displaced and stateless persons in national statistical systems.

Making Forcibly Displaced and Stateless People Visible in National Statistics

During the High Commissioner’s Dialogue on development cooperation in December 2022, the JDC, UNHCR and EGRISS launched on Innovation Lab to encourage pledges that include refugee, internally displaced and stateless people in national statistics.


Central African Republic - 2020

IDP inclusion in the Harmonized Household Living Conditions Survey

Chad - 2018

Refugee inclusion in the national poverty and household living conditions survey (ECOSIT)

Honduras - 2022

Inclusion of IDPs in the national multi-purpose household survey (EPHPM)

Uganda - 2022

Refugee inclusion in the Demographic & Health Survey.

Peru - 2023

The National Statistics Office (INEI) in Peru will include a sample of Venezuelans in the National Household Survey.

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