Displaced People

Eileen A. Dombo and Frederick L. Ahearn

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press

Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI:

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Internally displaced people (IDPs)—those involuntarily uprooted but remaining within their nation's borders—now greatly outnumber refugees, who are similarly uprooted but in their search for refuge cross an international border. For protection and assistance, IDPs are dependent on their national governments. In cases of displacement because of natural disasters or large-scale development projects, governments may be able and willing to help or to invite the international community to assist. People displaced by conflicts are often the most vulnerable, when national governments are unwilling or unable to help. The global IDP crisis, also understood as a traumatic incident of geopolitical dislocation, is one that can use the skills of social workers at all levels.

Keywords: displaced people; immigration; internally displaced people; migration; refugees

Article.  2091 words. 

Subjects: International and Global Issues in Social Work

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