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date: 29 November 2022

Displaced Peoplelocked

Displaced Peoplelocked

  • Eileen A. DomboEileen A. DomboNational Catholic School of Social Service, Catholic University of America
  •  and Frederick L. AhearnFrederick L. AhearnCatholic University of America


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.


  • International and Global Issues

Updated in this version

Updated to reflect current literature on the traumatic experience of geopolitical dislocation. Global statistics and recent trends section updated. The section on the role of social work and the references updated to include more information on trauma.

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